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Barbara Berreski, JD, MS

Chief Executive Officer

Director, Government & Legal Affairs



Patricia S. Berry

Chief Operating Officer


Pamela J. Hersh

Communications & Public Affairs


Support Staff

Charlene R. Pipher

Executive Assistant/Web Design


Terry Toth

Part-Time Secretarial Assistant


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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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Who We Are

New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities - the leading voice for public higher education in New Jersey.

Acting as an advocate in the state capital and throughout the state, the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) supports the missions and well-being of senior public institutions of higher education.  In cooperation with trustees, students, faculty and campus administrators, NJASCU plays an active role in developing and proposing state higher education policy to better serve New Jersey's citizens.  Its members are the eight senior public institutions of higher education:  The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Stockton University, Thomas Edison State University, and William Paterson University.

Rowan University, which recently assumed the status of a research institution, now is an affiliate member.

Specifically, NJASCU does the following:

  • Analyzes and monitors public policy issues and legislation affecting its member institutions.  Issues include: college access and affordability; higher education finance trends and comparisons; trustee governance, student welfare, ethical standards; unprecedented enrollment demand and the need to increase capacity; addressing the needs of evolving student populations;
  • Collaborates with public institutions on communicating and promoting the distinctive excellence and advantages of New Jersey's senior public institutions of higher education; and
  • Creates educational and public service opportunities for those interested in the success and sustainability of New Jersey's public institutions of higher education.

The Association played a key role in achieving landmark legislation in 1986 and 1994, which transferred important fiscal and administrative authority to the campuses from state government, emphasizing trustee governance and direct public accountability.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey are among the nation's most autonomous public institutions.

NJCU, a Leader in Debt-Free Strategies at NJ Senior Public Universities, Hosted Gov. Murphy Highlighting His Proposed Budget that Includes More Student Assistance Funds 
April 23, 2018

New Jersey City University (NJCU) on April 18, 2018 hosted a roundtable discussion featuring NJ Governor Phil Murphy, who emphasized his commitment to making higher education more affordable for New Jersey students. The Governor’s proposed 2019 budget contains $8.5 million for the expansion of Tuition Aid Grants (TAG) and the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF).

“Our goal is to keep a college degree within reach for working families and those who come from economically disadvantaged areas,” said Governor Murphy. “These investments will ensure that students can continue to realize their dreams because no one should be deprived from getting an education based on where they’re from, or their background, or current economic status, or their abilities. This is a matter of fairness that will lead to a stronger future for our students and for New Jersey.”   Read more here.


Profiles of NJASCU alumni whose work is making a difference in the lives of others.  The website will feature a new profile each month.  Please submit suggestions for profiles to Pam Hersh or call (609) 256-8256.

NJ State Assemblyman Tim Eustace, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Class of 1978

The life story of New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace features as much drama as the 2018 Academy Award nominated movies.  Assemblyman Eustace (D-38), however, has no interest in winning an Oscar with his story.  His only goal is to share his past for the purpose of helping others in the future, and making the world a “more compassionate place to live,” he said.


Ramapo College has had a leading role in his story, according to Asm. Eustace, a 1978 graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey.  “I win every time I have improved someone’s life,” said the assemblyman in a NJASCU interview early in 2018.  Improving the lives of others has been his focus, no matter what role he has played:  that of father, spouse, chiropractor, elected official (local and state offices), and philanthropist.


Ramapo President Peter Mercer summarized the Eustace story when he introduced him at Ramapo’s May 17, 2013 graduation ceremony at which Asm. Eustace was the keynote speaker.


“Assemblyman Timothy Eustace is a proud alumnus of Ramapo College.  He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Ramapo and went on to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic.  Assemblyman Eustace’s public service career has included terms as a councilman, mayor, and now as a member of the state legislature.  As a private person and as a public servant, he has pushed the boundaries of social issues, civic rights, education and health care.  As one of only two openly gay legislators, Assemblyman Eustace was the first to be elected to the state legislature as an out candidate.  His commitment to the public good extends beyond the State of New Jersey.  He is also an active member of Rotary International.  He and his partner Kevin have spearheaded health and education efforts in Kenya and they adopted three children during the height of the AIDS crisis.  In 1991 one of their sons succumbed to the disease,” said Dr. Mercer. Read more.

See our previous alumni profiles here.

Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU

NJCU Celebrates Its Renovated and Expanded Science Building
April 23, 2018

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) renovated and expanded Science Building is great news for New Jersey. NJCU on April 23 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its fully-renovated and expanded Science Building which houses the biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences and psychics departments.

The building is equipped with 45 ultramodern teaching and research laboratories, a greenhouse, observatory, imaging center, cell culture lab, bio-informatics lab, and Geographic Information Science lab. The Science Building expansion project included a 40,000 square-foot, five-story addition and a 70,000 square-foot renovation of the existing Science Building in the center of NJCU’s main campus. The project was funded by approximately $10 million in bond proceeds, as well as $34 million in grants from the State of New Jersey Capital Improvement Fund.

Celebrating with NJCU President Sue Henderson at the ceremony were several dignitaries, including: NJCU Board Chair Rafael Perez, Esq.; NJ Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, District 31; NJ Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, District 31; Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop; Hudson County Freeholder Board Vice-Chairperson William O’Dea; Jersey City Council President Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr.; Acting Executive Director of NJ Educational Facilities Authority Sheryl Stitt; and NJCU Chief Operating Officer Aaron Aska.

State Public Bank Would be Good for New Jersey According to Hughes Center Report
April 10, 2018

A state public bank for New Jersey would have a large positive effect on jobs and state earnings, according to a report prepared for the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University.

The report, “Exploring a Public Bank for New Jersey: Economic Impact and Implementation Issues” was prepared by Distinguished Professor of Economics Deborah M. Figart, Stockton University, in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s support for the concept.

Dr. Figart estimates that every $10 million in new credit or lending by a state bank would yield between $15 million and almost $21 million in gross state output and between $3.5 million and $5.2 million in state earnings. Between 60 and 93 new jobs would be created.

In analyzing the economic impact of a public bank, the question is: “How much new output and new earnings are created for every dollar of new lending in an economy?” Dr. Figart said. “Any new lending from the public bank would have a multiplier effect.”

For her report, Professor Figart modeled feasibility studies completed for proposed public banks in the state of Vermont and in the city of Sante Fe, New Mexico.

State Senators Nia H. Gill and Richard J. Codey have introduced the “State Bank of New Jersey Act” (Senate Bill No. 885) in the Legislature. Dr. Figart’s report includes 23 implementation questions that should be answered as the bill goes forward.  Read more.

Dr. Kathryn A. Foster Named TCNJ’s 16th President 
March 27, 2018

Dr. Kathryn A. Foster, a New Jersey native, is returning home from Maine where she served as president of University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), to become the 16th president of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She will officially begin in the position on July 1.

“In Dr. Foster, we have found the ideal person to lead our college,” said TCNJ Board Chairman Jorge Caballero. “She is an accomplished academic leader with a passion for public education. She embodies our values and brings visionary leadership, a strong academic perspective, and long-range strategic planning skills that will continue to position TCNJ for the future as a national exemplar.”

“I am honored and humbled by the trust the board has placed in me,” said Dr. Foster. “TCNJ is an exceptional place with the highest standards and deeply rooted values that mirror my own. I look forward to working with its talented, wise, and dedicated community, from whom I will learn and with whom I will enjoy serving to advance this exceptional college.” 

NJASCU is part of the Innovation NJ Coalition

Innovation NJ is a coalition of busineess and academia established to promote policies that foster an environment for innovation in the state that will: 

  • encourage increased private and public sector R&D and the commercialization of new medicines, technologies and products to improve our quality of life;
  • stimulate economic growth in New Jersey;
  • retain and advance high-paying jobs in the state;
  • retain and advance high-paying innovation-related jobs in the state; and
  • increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related graduates from New Jersey colleges and universities.

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