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New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities

150 West State Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08608

609-989-1100 office

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The College of New Jersey (Ewing)

R. Barbara Gitenstein, President

Robert A. Altman, Trustee

Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah)

Peter Philip Mercer, President

Adam J. Sabath, Trustee

Kean University (Union)

Dawood Farahi, President

Lamont Repollet, Trustee

Stockton University (Galloway)

Harvey Kesselman, President

Madeleine Deininger, Trustee

Montclair State University (Montclair)

Susan A. Cole, President

Rose C. Cali, Trustee

Thomas Edison State University (Trenton)

George A. Pruitt, President

vacant, Trustee

New Jersey City University (Jersey City)

Susan Henderson, President

Vij Pawar, Trustee

William Paterson University (Wayne)

Kathleen Waldron, President

Frederick Gruel, Trustee

Rowan University

A Comprehensive Public Research University

Ali Houshmand, President

Linda Rohrer, Trustee

Dr. Robert A. Altman, Trustee

The College of New Jersey

  • A member of the Board of Trustees of The College of New Jersey since 2006, has over 30 years experience serving New Jersey higher education through board service in the public sector.
  • Has been a member, and chair, of the Board of Trustes of Mercer County Community College, of Montclair State University, and of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU).
  • As Chair of NJASCU, he served ex-officio as a member of the New Jersey Board of Higher Education, and was a member of Governor Whitman's Task Force on Restructuring Higher Education in New Jersey.
  • Between 1980 and 1995, as Vice President of ETS, he supervised the on-going test development, statistics, research for, and operation of various programs, and led the expansion of ETS's international activities, including those in China, Japan, Korea, and the former Soviet Union.
  • Is involved in Princeton Adult School (where he serves as Treasurer) and the AARP/IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, where he serves as a volunteer tax preparer and site coordinator in Princeton and Lawrence.
  • Earned an AB at Harvard College and a MA and PhD at Columbia University.

Rose Cali, Trustee

Montclair State University

  • Born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, but has been a resident of New Jersey since 1974.
  • 1980 graduate of Montclair State University (magna cum laude), she devotes her available time as a volunteer in leadership and philanthropic roles primarily in education, arts and human services.
  • Has been a member of the Montclair State Board of Trustees since 1991 and in 1994 became co-chair of the university's first capital campaign, which exceeded its goal of $8 million by 25%, raising $10 million.  She also served on the committee of a Second Century capital campaign for the university, which raised $60 million, having exceeded its goal by 20%.
  • In 1997, she founded and became the first CEO of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.  Previous career experiences include historical site research, volunteer services coordination, and public relations.
  • Recent volunteer involvement includes participation on the boards of the Liberty Science Center and the Montclair Public Library Foundation Advisory Board, leadership of the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties, and the role of co-chair of a $2.5 million capital campaign for the library.  Mrs. Cali also currently serves on the Arts Education Commitee of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Susan A. Cole, President

Montclair State University

  • Assumed office in September 1998 as the eighth president of Montclair State University.
  • Served as President of Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota from 1993 to 1998 and, prior to that, as Vice President for Administration and Personnel at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Associate University Dean for Academic Affairs at Antioch University; and a faculty member at The City University of New York.
  • Currently serves on the boards of Liberty Science Center, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Montclair Art Museum and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Council of Trustees.
  • Appointed by Governor Christie as New Jersey's representative to the Education Commission of the States, and by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazaar to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Advisory Commission.  Served on Governor Christie's Executive Transition Team and chaired the Education Subcommittee.
  • Earned three degrees in English and American literature:  a BA degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MA and a PhD from Brandeis University.
  • Writes and speaks extensively about current issues in American higher education.
  • Named Educator of the Year by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.

Madeleine Deininger, Trustee

Stockton University

  • A member of the Stockton University Board of Trustees since 2007.  She is currently Chairperson to the Board and Executive Committee.
  • Founder and President of the Sonoma, California-based Kismet Wines, Inc. where she has developed a highly successful national marketing and sales program for Californian and European fine wines.
  • Is a 1980 alumna of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she received her baccalaureate in Liberal Studies.  Upon graduating from Dartmouth College in 1985 with a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies, she founded Kismet Wines, Inc.
  • Recipient of an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
  • General Partner at Bedrock Vineyard, which supplies premium grapes for Ravenswood, Sebastiani and Simi wineries in Sonoma County.  In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the prestigious Blue Oak School in Napa County.
  • In her spare time, Madeleine is a freelance writer and poet.  She and her husband sponsor The Schoolhouse Stomp Steppers Drill Team in Pleasantville, New Jersey and has helped sponsor the Margate Mother's Club July 4th Beach Fireworks program.
  • Resides in Sonoma, California and Margate, New Jersey.  

Dr. Dawood Farahi, President

Kean University

  • Was selected the 17th president of Kean University at a special meeting of the board of trustees on February 24, 2003.
  • Has spent more than 20 years of his career at Kean University, where he has served as a professor, chair of the Department of Public Administration, and special assistant to the president for operations.
  • Formerly served as chair of the faculty senate, special assistant to the president for technology, and special assistant for enrollment services.
  • Was selected Kean University's "Teacher of the Year" in 1996, and "Graduate Teacher of the Year" in 1993.
  • Earned a PhD from the University of Kansas, where he was a Fulbright scholar.

Dr. R. Barbara Gitenstein, President

The College of New Jersey

  • Has more than 30 years of experience as a college professor and administrator in both the public and private sectors.
  • Came to The College of New Jersey in 1999 from Drake University, where she served as provost and vice president.
  • Is the first female president of TCNJ in its 159-year history.
  • Is the immediate past chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is a member of the American Council on Education's Task Force on Accreditation.
  • In 2009, the Woman's Caucus of New Jersey recognized her as a Woman of Achievement.
  • Received a BA with honors in English from Duke University, and a PhD in English and American Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Frederick L. Gruel, Trustee

William Paterson University

  • Recently retired as President and CEO of AAA New Jersey Auto Club.
  • Previously, Mr. Gruel held several positions in higher education including Vice President of Administration and Finance at Thomas Edison State College, and Assistant Director, Office of Community College Programs for the State of New Jersey, Department of Higher Education.
  • Earned a BS from Fordham University and an MBA from Florida State University.
  • Appointed to the William Paterson University Board of Trustees in 1992.  He served as its chair from 1996-2000 and again since 2012, and vice chair from 2000-2004.  He has also chaired several board committees, including Finance and Audit, and Institutional Development.
  • Chair of the Newark Regional Business Partnership (NRBP).
  • Mr. Gruel is Chair of NJASCU.

Dr. Sue Henderson, President

New Jersey City University

  • Became twelfth president and first woman to hold the presidential title at New Jersey City University on August 6, 2012.
  • Served Queens College of The City University of New York as both Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Institutional Advancement where she spearheaded the development of a first-ever residential housing project and international programming for students and faculty, having served prior to that as Provost and Chief Operating Officer at Georgia Perimeter College, Lawrenceville Campus, a bricks-and-clicks institution.  Coordinated and completed a successful $100-million comprehensive campaign at Queens College.
  • Experienced as an educator, having taught mathematics at the collegiate and secondary levels for over 37 years and been involved in the calculus reform movement that stressed active learning, multiple approaches, and the effective use of technology in the classroom.
  • Earned a PhD in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia and bachelor's and master's degrees in math education from Georgia State University.
  • Serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, the Society for College and University Planners Board, and the "Big Brothers/Big Sisters" Advisory Board.
  • Is active in women's organizations including the American council on Education Women's Network where she speaks nationally.
  • Is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, the Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns, the NJ Business and Industry Association's Education and Workforce Development Committee, and the NJ Presidents' Council Task Force on the Alignment of Higher Education Programs and Workforce Development.
  • Presents frequently at professional conferences nationwide and has published on effective teaching practices in the collegiate mathematics classroom, organizational change, and strategic planning.
  • Has received numerous awards for her work as an educator and administrator, and has been recognized by community and professional organizations, including the Queens Chamber of Commerce, which named her one of the top 10 businesswomen in Queens in 2007.
  • Is a member of the inaugural class of the American Council on Education's New Presidents Institute and a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.

Dr. Ali Houshmand, President

Rowan University

  • Named president of Rowan University in July 2012 after serving as CEO and provost for six months and interim president for a year.
  • Prior to that, served as Rowan's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for almost five years.
  • Under Dr. Houshmand's leadership, Rowan has enjoyed remarkable growth, including the opening of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, the construction of Rowan Boulevard with the Borough of Glassboro and private developers, the designation of Rowan as a comprehensive state research university, and the acquisition of the School of Osteopathic Medicine from the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
  • Previously served as associate provost for academic affairs, dean of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies and interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Drexel University.  Also was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Cincinnati and a staff analyst for United Airlines.
  • Earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in mathematical statistics from the University of Essex in England and a master's degree and PhD in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.
  • Was chief academic officer during a period in which Rowan students' academic profiles rose and retention and graduation rates steadily improved.
  • Established the College of Graduate and Continuing Education and hired as its first dean.
  • Recipient of 2006 Champion of Creativity Award.  This award is presented by the American Creativity Association annually to an individual who has been an outstanding proponent of creativity and has put forth extraordinary effort in the services of creativity and innovation as evidenced by his or her vigorous advocacy for the development and support of programs or environments that support and encourage creativity and/or courage and persistence as an advocate or sponsor of a valuable concept, service or product.

Dr. Harvey Kesselman, President

Stockton University

  • Dr. Kesselman is the Acting President of Stockton University and has more than 30 years experience in higher education.  His leadership roles at Stockton include: Provost and Executive Vice President; Dean, School of Education; Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance; CEO of the Southern Regional Institute (SRI) and Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC); and Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Dr. Kesselman remains involved in many national academic organizations.  He serves on both the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education's Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) and on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Higher Education Advisory Council.  He is a frequent presenter at the American Assoication of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
  • Has been active in the New Jersey educational landscape for many years.  He has been appointed by five different governors to serve as the senior college representative on a number of authorities, committees and task forces.  He served on the Executive Committee of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), which oversees New Jersey's $1 billion student financial aid program.  He has been the senior public college representative on that board since the mid-1990s.
  • Served on the Governor's Task Force to improve the NJ STARS program; participated on the New Jersey College and Career Readiness Task Force; advised the New Jersey State College and University Presidents' Council regarding accountability and assessment; represented the senior public colleges and universities in the NJ Committee of Experts on Campus Sexual Assault Issues; served as one of six representatives appointed by the Chancellor of Higher Education to author and develop the NJ Student Unit Record Enrollment (SURE) statewide data and monitoring system; founded and chaired the SRI & ETTC Consortium, which includes more than 90 school districts throughout New Jersey; and serves as a reviewer for the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education.
  • Dr. Kesselman has also served on numerous national grant reviews, authored and promoted policies for legislation, maintains a strong record of successful grant preparation, and continues to serve as a consultant and speaker.  He is actively involved in his community, having been elected to Township Committee, the School Board, and has been appointed to various other community and civic organizations.
  • He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stockton, his master's degree in Student Personnel Services/Counseling from Rowan University, and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Widener University.

Dr. Peter P. Mercer, President

Ramapo College of New Jersey

  • Became Ramapo College's fourth president on July 1, 2005.  He previously served as dean of the law school and then as vice president (administration) and general counsel at the University of Western Ontario, where he was a professor of law.
  • A former visiting research scholar at the University of Michigan, he has also been a faculty member at the Unviersity of Calgary, the University of Detroit and the University of Windsor.  In 2005, Rotary International appointed Dr. Mercer a Paul Harris Fellow.  He has received Teacher of the Year awards from the University of Calgary and the University of Western Ontario and the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers.
  • He has authored, co-authored and edited two books, numerous articles, book chapters and reviews.  His recent publications have focused on the legal profession and professional standards as well as the unique features of higher education administration.
  • He earned his LLM and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and a JD from the University of Western Ontario.  For sixteen years, he has also served as principal instructor in the Senior University Administrators Course held at the Banff Center, Banff Alberta each June and he is a member of the faculty of the Harvard University Seminar for New Presidents held every July.
  • Dr. Mercer is also immediate past chair of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities Presidents' Council.  Under his leadership, the NJASCU launched the New Jersey College Promise Action Network, a resource which linked over 9,000 people who care about the nine state colleges and universities with those in a position to make these institutions a higher priority -- including the New Jersey Governor and Legislature.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Presidents' Council.
  • Nationally, Dr. Mercer is the American Association of Colleges and Universities representative to the Advisory Board of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.
  • In addition to the higher education sector, Dr. Mercer's service also includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Assoication of New Jersey and the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • During Dr. Mercer's time at Ramapo College, the college has been increasingly regarded as a great value and a superior institution.  Ramapo College has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the "Best Regional Universities in the North," by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine as a member of its "The Best Northeastern Colleges" list.  During the same period, Ramapo College has also benefitted from implementing sound financial practices yielding a bond rating from Standard & Poor's that was recently raised from A- to A stable.  In addition, the college's comprehensive capital campaign, "Further Our Promise," surpassed its $40 million goal nearly 18 months ahead of schedule.
  • Over the past several years, Dr. Mercer has led Ramapo College through an ambitious and transformative campus-wide building program that has resulted in the completion of the Anisfield School of Business, the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center, the Overlook and Laurel residence halls, the Sharp Sustainability Education Center, and the Salameno Spirituality Center.  The college is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation to its academic complex that will yield state of the art science and research laboratories and other instructional and social space.  The new two and one-half story center doubles the size of the college's current nursing simulation lab and adjoining computer labs.

Vij Pawar, Trustee

New Jersey City University

  • Vij Pawar is one of the founding members of Pawar Gilgallon & Rudy, LLC.  His practice is concentrated on commercial maters, such as contract disputes, consumer protection and business litigation.  
  • Member and Former Trustee of the Morris County Bar Association
  • Trustee - Morris County Bar Foundation
  • Former Chair - Morris County Bar Association, Minority Lawyers Committee
  • Former Member - District XA Ethics Committee on Minority Affairs
  • Parsippany Indian Association
  • Former Law Clerk to Jack L. Lintner, J.A.D.
  • Former Morristown Municipal Prosecutor
  • Former Member of Morristown Zoning Board
  • Mr. Pawar received his JD from Rutgers School of Law Camden; and BA from Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach.

Dr. George A. Pruitt, President

Thomas Edison State University

  • Became president of Thomas Edison State University in 1982.  Prior to that, served as executive vice president for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in Columbia, Maryland.
  • Earlier, served in executive leadership positions at Illinois State University, Towson State University, Morgan State University, and Tennessee State University.
  • Holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois State University and a doctorate from The Union Institute and Univrsity in Cincinnati.
  • Currently serves as chair of the boards of directors of Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO), chair of the board of directors of Capital City Partnership, and member, board of directors of the Greater Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Currently serves as chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a voluntary, nongovernmental membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation.
  • Serves as vice chair of the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment focusing on improving retention and attainment at colleges and universities throughout the country.
  • Served on the Governor's New Jersey Higher Education Task Force, the board of directors of Sun National Bank, the board of trustees of Rider University, the board of directors of Trenton Savings Bank, the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the board of trustees of the Union Institute and University, as past chair of the board of directors of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Was identified by the Exxon Education Foundation as one of the nation's most effective college presidents.
  • Served as a consultant to the University of Transkei in Umtate, South Africa, for the American Council on Education's South Africa Project; aslo lectured at the Salzburg Seminar in Australia.
  • Was cited as Mercer County's "Citizen of the Year" in 1997, and was also named Illinois State University's "Distinguished Alumnus" and inducted into the University's College of Education Hall of Fame.
  • Was recognized as one of the nation's most entrepreneurial college presidents in a study funded by the Kauffman Foundation.
  • Under his leadership, Thomas Edison State University developed and implemented a new Strategic Vision Plan focused on transforming academics, quality assurance, asset development and stewardship in public policy and on securing the college's position as a worldwide leader in higher education for adults.
  • Was honored by New Jersey State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 2011 with the Distinguished Educator Award.
  • Earned the New Jersey State Nurses Association's 2009 President's Award for his work as a champion for the nursing profession.
  • Was honored by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) with the 2012 Education Award.

Dr. Lamont Repollet, Trustee

Kean University

  • Appointed to the Kean University Board of Trustees in February 2012 and currently serves as Secretary.
  • Principal of Carteret High School, garnering national recognition for "decreasing the achievement gap in education amongst economically disadvantaged students and non-economically disadvantaged students."
  • Member of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and serves on its Urban Education Committee.
  • Established two organizations:  Repollet Community Development Corporation (RepCDC), a 501c(3) educational nonprofit organization; and Repollet Group, LLC, an educational consulting group comprised of experienced educators specializing in instructional and organizational design.  These organizations complement his position as a school administrator and create a triangular approach to addressing the problems and challenges of urban education.
  • Received his Bachelor of Arts in communication from The College of New Jersey, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Kean University, and Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Linda Rohrer, Trustee

Rowan University

  • Ms. Rohrer is president of Rohrer & Sayres Real Estate.
  • Serves on the Rowan University Foundation Board and is also a trustee of the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation.
  • She has served as chair of the Board of the 1st Colonial Community Bank since 2000, vice chair of the Camden County Improvement Authority since 2007, and has been a member of the Haddon Township Planning Board since 2006.
  • Ms. Rohrer received a BA degree from Upsala College.  

Adam J. Sabath, Trustee

Ramapo College of New Jersey

  • Is the Immediate Past Chair of Ramapo College's Board of Trustees, having served as chair from 2009 to 2012 and as vice chair from 2007-2009.  He joined the board in 2005.
  • Is owner of the Advocacy Group, LLC, a lobbying and government affairs firm.
  • Received a bachelor's degree in social work from Ramapo College.
  • Previously worked as the Chief of Staff to Senate President Richard J. Codey, and prior to that served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
  • Mr. Sabath is currently Vice Chair of NJASCU.

Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President

William Paterson University

  • Became the seventh president of William Paterson University, a public institution in northern New Jersey serving more than 12,000 students, in 2010.  As president, Dr. Waldron has increased the number of full-time faculty, led the completion of a Strategic Plan 2012-2022, and initiated a building and capital campaign to ensure the future of the university.  William Paterson University is a leader in science, business, nursing, teacher education and music programs; has a vibrant sustainability program marked by the largest solar panel installation in the Northeast; and boasts a record number of Fulbright Fellows among its distinguished faculty.
  • Previously served as president of Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY) from 2004 to 2009, and as dean of the School of Business, Public Administration, and Information Services at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus from 1998 to 2004.
  • Prior to that, served for 14 years in several executive positions at Citigroup, including president of Citibank International in Miami and vice president for Citibank Global Private Bank.
  • Currently serves on the boards of The Tinker Foundation, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, and NJEdge.net; is one of the founding members of the New Jersey Campus Compact; and serves on the Council of Presidents of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities and on the NJ Commissioner of Education's Task Force on College Readiness.
  • Has served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Committee on the Fulbright Program, a member of the board of directors of Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, a member of the Florida International Bankers Association, a director of the Fulbright Association, and a board member of Accion International, a micro-credit lending organization.
  • Was among 36 women honored by the Executive Women of New Jersey at its 2012 "Salute to the Policy Makers" Awards Dinner for her professional achievements and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in New Jersey by NJBIZ.
  • Earned BA in history from Stony Brook University, and MA and PhD in Latin American History from Indiana University.
  • Served as a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Catolic Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela in 1981.  Has published several articles on Venezuelan history, and was an editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies.
  • Has spoken at various professional meetings about diversity in higher education and leadership and is a frequent speaker on the subject of women in leadership.


Michael W. Klein - Executive Director/CEO

Barbara Berreski - Director, Government & Legal Affairs

Patricia A. Stearman - Director, Budget & Administration

Pamela J. Hersh - Policy Research/Communications/Government Relations Assistant

Charlene R. Pipher - Executive Assistant/Web Designer

Terry M. Toth - Part-Time Secretarial Assistant

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