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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.

Testimony before Assembly Budget Committee Hearing

On behalf of The New Jersey Presidents' Council, which represents our state's fifty-seven public and private, two and four-year colleges and universities, Dr. Harvey Kesselman, chair of the NJ Presidents' Council, testified before the Assembly Budget Committee Hearing on Wednesday, May 1st.

Dr. Kesselman first applauded Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. Zakiya Smith-Ellis and her staff, on the creation of an urgently needed strategic plan for higher education.

He also commended the Governor and legislature for re-establishing the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, and for the focus on furthering an innovation economy.

These are two extremely important initiatives given that our national economy has experienced significant job growth and is increasingly dependent upon highly credentialed individuals.

Read full alert.


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.

David Fried: Mayor of Robbinsville, NJ; Rowan University/Glassboro State College, Class of 1989

April 2019

Robbinsville, New Jersey Mayor David Fried and the internationally renowned NJ research institution Rowan University share some common experiences that define their respective successes over the past several years.  They both are associated with a name change and major economic growth that includes the creation of a vibrant town center.  Furthermore, they are linked to one another not by marriage – but by a bachelor’s degree.  Mayor Fried is a 1989 political science graduate of Rowan University.


When Dave Fried went to Rowan, it was known as Glassboro State College. And when Dave was at Glassboro, Robbinsville was Washington Township. Neither Robbinsville nor Glassboro at the time had a thriving town center. And neither entity had yet acquired the reputation of being an economic engine of growth. Over the past 25 years, Rowan has transitioned from a well-regarded local comprehensive college that once focused primarily on teacher education to a world-renowned research university. During this same timeframe, Mayor Fried has gone from being a recent college grad with a startup business to a renowned New Jersey local government leader, as well as a business leader in the area of human resource management.


“I loved my years at Glassboro State College.  It was a great college experience while giving me the basic skills – acquired through my classes as well as in extracurricular activities – to succeed in life,” said Mayor Fried, a native New Jerseyan who grew up in Hightstown, NJ.


Multiple press accounts about Dave Fried have used the word “successful” when describing both his political and professional achievements.  The “successful” mayor of Robbinsville, NJ, Dave Fried is in his fourth term as mayor after first being selected to fill an unexpired term in 2000 under the prior township committee form of government.


As a committeeman, Mr. Fried was successful in helping to achieve the change to be the nonpartisan, strong mayor form of government that voters approved overwhelmingly in 2004.  He became the first Robbinsville mayor directed elected by the voters, was sworn in on July 1, 2005, and then reelected and reelected and reelected (most recently, in 2017).  Read more.

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

Newark Museum Internship Puts Kean University Senior on Path Toward Arts Leadership 
February 25, 2019

A Kean University art history student is being groomed as a future leader in the art world with a prestigious three-year internship at the Newark Museum.

Senior Jennifer Zuniga, who grew up in Jersey City and now lives in Elizabeth, started her Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative internship in June 2018.  The program exposes college students to the full range of museum departments, paying them while training them in all aspects of the business.

“It’s an understatement to say I’m excited at this opportunity to gain in-depth museum experience while continuing my education at Kean,” said Ms. Zuniga, who is one of six interns in the program at the museum. “I will graduate with three years of experience, which already sets me up with a foot in the door.”

The $6 million initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation at 20 museums across the country with the goal of diversifying curatorial and management staff. Newark Museum is the only museum in the New York-metropolitan area that is part of the initiative.  Read full story.

Cyber Threat Intelligence Experts to Gather at New Jersey City University for National Security Symposium
February 25, 2018

New Jersey City University (NJCU) will host the Seventh Northeast Regional Security Education Symposium on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 8 am to 2 pm at the NJCU’s School of Business Skyline Room in downtown Jersey City.

The symposium features leading experts in the security industry, along with faculty members, alumni, and students from the NJCU Professional Security Studies Department. The theme this year is Cyber Threat Intelligence in Government and Private Sectors.

“This regional symposium is a particularly valuable opportunity for professionals and NJCU students to network with leading experts in the field,” said Scott Fisher, co-chair of the Professional Security Studies Department. “It is also designed for anyone seeking undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees in the field of national and civil security, and distinguishes our program as a leader in security education.”

“The symposium brings together key players in the cyber security field with students, potential students, alumni and faculty to deliver an unforgettable learning experience,” said Deborah Woo, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “This year’s event revolves around urgent cyber security issues and features a poster session presented by NJCU doctoral candidates.” Read full story.

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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