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Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer



Barbara Berreski, Esq.

Government & Legal Affairs


Patricia A. Berry

Budget & Administration


Pamela J. Hersh

Communications & Marketing


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Charlene R. Pipher

Executive Assistant/Web Design


Terry Toth

Part-Time Secretarial Assistant


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NJASCU Summary of Governor's Proposed FY 2018 Budget 

(March 2, 2017)


Presidents of NJASCU institutions issue a collective statement of disapproval of President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration (February 6, 2017)

"The federal executive order issued January 27, 2017 aiming to protect the United States from foreign terrorists entering our country has serious and deleterious implications for our students and for our institutions, and we respectfully request the administration to reconsider its action."

For the entire signed statement: http://www.njascu.org/NJASCU-Statement-Fed-Exec-Order-020617.pdf

Background from NJASCU CEO - NJASCU Institutions Update on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration (January 31, 2017)

Late in the afternoon on Friday, Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The order bars entry to refugees from anywhere in the world for 120 days, and from Syria indefinitely. It blocks any visitors for 90 days from seven designated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The executive order states that upon the resumption of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the program should “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.” The executive order also decreases the number of refugees to be admitted into the U.S. in fiscal year 2017 from the target of 110,000 set by the Obama administration to no more than 50,000. More

The full executive order is available in the Federal Register published Feb. 1:

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.


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.

Nelida Valentin, Stockton University, Class of 1986
March 2017

As a young girl growing up on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark, Nelida Valentin focused on getting things done. Her father was absent from her life; her mother spoke very little English. “We were poor, but my mother somehow made it all work,” she said.

Nelida never fully understood what was possible in her life, nor how much she was capable of doing. That dynamic changed, she said, the day she set foot on Stockton University’s campus. She became part of Stockton’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) “family” whose nurturing adults included Jean Jones, Daisy Rios, and the program’s director Harvey Kesselman, now president of Stockton University. “These adults on campus served as my role-models,” she said. “They helped me understand what is possible. They paved the way for me to see pathways that could be open to me.  They were serious about their work, and extremely talented and professional, while caring and constructive to students in their care.”   Read profile here.

Previous Alumni Profiles:

Mohamad Bassel Khair, Montclair State University, Class of 2013 (Featured February 2017)

Robin Schwartz, William Paterson University, Class of 1979 (Featured January 2017)

Denis Oniela, New Jersey City University, Class of 1976 (Featured November/December 2016)

Kenneth Lacovara, Rowan University, Class of 1984 (Featured October 2016)

NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band (Featured September 2016)

Dean Peter Straub, Stockton University, Class of 1980 (Featured August 2016)

David Keefe, Montclair State University, MFA, 2009 (Featured July 2016)

Kayleigh Shangle and James Shangle, The College of New Jersey (Featured June 2016)

Edward Shannon, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 85 (Featured May 2016)

Joanne Robinson, William Paterson University School of Nursing, '75 (Featured March 2016/April 2016)

Danielle Kovach, New Jersey City University, '01 (Featured February 2016/March 2016)

Patricia Powell, William Paterson University, '73 (Featured January 2016/February 2016)

Harvey Kesselman, Stockton University, '79 (Featured December 2015/January 2016)

Lamont Repollet, The College of New Jersey, '94, Kean University, '00 (Featured November/December 2015)

Dennis Devery, Thomas Edison State University, '05  (Featured October 2015)

Lester E. Taylor, III, Montclair State University, '97 (Featured September 2015)

A.J. Sabath, Ramapo College, '93 (Featured August 2015)

Rick Ricciardi, Stockton University, '76 (Featured July 2015)

New to the NJASCU Site

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

Stockton University Breaks Ground on its $178 Million Atlantic City Residential Campus as Part of Atlantic City’s Gateway Project

April 20, 2017


The $220 million Atlantic city Gateway Project “demonstrates that we’ve turned the corner” in efforts to revitalize the city, said governor Chris Christie on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as he joined state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Atlantic City Development Corp. (AC Devco) Chairman Jon Hanson, South Jersey Industries President and CEO Michael Renna and Stockton President Harvey Kesselman to break ground for the project, which includes Stockton’s new residential campus.


“This city is an extraordinary asset to the region and state,” Gov. Christie said.  He noted that efforts by the state, city, county, university and private developers are all contributing to its renaissance, after an economic downturn that saw five casinos close.


“We didn’t give up on Atlantic City,” he said.  “We are back to celebrating it.”  Read more here.

Recession is Long Gone, So Where's the Money for NJ Colleges?

April 13, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12th, 60 people attended the NJASCU-sponsored screening of the documentary film Starving the Beast at the Garden Theatre in Princeton.  After the movie, NJASCU CEO Michael Klein led a discussion with audience members on some of the issues raised by the movie and the relevance to New Jersey's public colleges and universities.  Below is NJ101.5 reporter Dino Flammia's account of Mike Klein's commentary on the topic.

Are public higher education institutions in New Jersey starving for help from the state?

The Garden State is not mentioned during the 2016 documentary film “Starving the Beast” – which analyzes the systematic defunding of higher education nationwide – but New Jersey is no stranger to the trend, according to Michael Klein, executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.

According to “Starving the Beast,” investment in public higher education peaked in 1980 nationwide when roughly 60 percent of university funding was provided directly from state governments. By 2015, that investment had fallen to an average of 12 percent. Read more here.

An Interview with Mike Klein
Reprinted from the April 5, 2017 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper
Starving the Beast, Endangering the Future
By Diccon Hyatt

April 6, 2017

By 2020 about 68 percent of jobs in New Jersey will require a college education, according to a study by Georgetown University. And the most popular place, by far, to get those degrees is at the state’s public universities. But with funding for those universities dropping off every year, will the students of the future be able to afford them?

That’s one of the questions raised in a new documentary, “Starving the Beast,” which takes a look at the ideological battle that is being waged for the future of higher education around the country. The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) is hosting a free showing of the movie on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Garden Theatre, followed by a discussion with NJASCU CEO Michael Klein.  Read more here.

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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