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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


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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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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.

NJASCU Response to the Governor’s Budget Address 
March 19, 2018

NJASCU's Response to FY 2019 Budget Proposal

  • First and foremost, we very much look forward to working with the Governor and his new administration, and we remain hopeful that, together, we will address the difficult issues and build a higher education infrastructure in this state that assures opportunity and prosperity for its citizens.
  • Regarding the specifics of the Governor’s budget proposalwe are disappointed that the tens of thousands of students attending the state's senior public colleges and universities were entirely left out of the plan and that the urgent issues related to state operating support for these institutions remained, yet again, unaddressed. There was also no reference to addressing the all-important capital needs of the institutions.
  • We believe the key to achieving that mission of providing affordable, accessible, and high-quality education is a student-centric approach by having the financial aid follow the student irrespective of where he or she chooses to attend college. Therefore, we also were disappointed that there was no recognition given to the very urgent need to reform the TAG program if we are really going to address the issue of college affordability in New Jersey.
  • We were pleased to see at least a modest increase for the EOF program, which has been a very important and successful program for students with exceptionally challenging socio-economic circumstances and a wonderful example of a student-centric approach to higher education support.
  • In the budget address, Governor Murphy kept referring to the $50 million in support for community colleges as the first step towards achieving free community college. We are concerned about the Free Tuition program for community colleges primarily because, as presented, it is not embedded within an overall plan for public higher education in the state.

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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

February 2018

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

Second Annual “No Hate” Town Hall at Kean University to Explore Injustice, Poverty and Racism in New Jersey
March 14, 2018

Kean University, in collaboration with the American Conference on Diversity (ACOD), will hold a “No Hate” Town Hall at the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics building on Kean’s campus (1075 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083) on Friday, March 16, from 4-7 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to engage with the community about current issues impacting people in New Jersey.

The public is invited along with all members of the Kean University community. Seating is limited. Please register for the free event – visit http://www.kean.edu/no-hate-town-hall. Follow the discussion on social media using #NoHateNJ.

The conference will feature a keynote by Renee Wolf Koubiadis, LSW, who will discuss the key findings from the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey’s recent report The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice and Poverty in New Jersey, highlighting the intersectionality of poverty and structural racism.

William Paterson University Names a New President:  Dr. Richard Helldobler

 March 9, 2018 

Dr. Richard J. Helldobler, interim president of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois, has been appointed the eighth president of William Paterson University in Wayne after a nationwide search. His appointment is effective July 1, 2018.

"Dr. Helldobler's career has been committed to public higher education and to the academic and personal achievements of students," says Fred Gruel, chair of the William Paterson University Board of Trustees. "As we learned from his visit with us, he has a strong background as an academician, having served as a faculty member, dean, academic vice president, and president, and we are delighted that he will be bringing his expertise and leadership to William Paterson University.

"I am truly honored to be joining the William Paterson community as its next president. I look forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff as we continue to strengthen the academic legacy of William Paterson University by educating the next generation of leaders in New Jersey, the region, and the nation," said Dr. Helldobler. "My visit to William Paterson certainly proved it is a very special place, and I am sure my admiration for the institution will only deepen as we get to know each other better, and together continue the great work currently taking place at the University." 

Dr. Helldobler has served as interim president at Northeastern Illinois University since July 2016. Under his leadership, Northeastern Illinois completed a successful capital campaign, the College of Business and Management earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and Northeastern's Higher Learning Commission's accreditation was reaffirmed for a ten-year period. Prior to his appointment as president, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, overseeing all matters related to academics, including the oversight of four colleges, the library, admissions, recruitment, and other areas.  Read more.

NJCU New Jersey 50 Index Issues an Economic Report Card
March 6, 2018

The NJCU New Jersey 50 Index released its first quarterly report today, an economic report card that tracks the Garden State’s top 50 companies. It provides those in the financial world, researchers, journalists, and students with a barometer of the New Jersey economy. The quarterly report shows several bright spots as the year begins.

Developed in December 2017 by the NJCU School of Business in partnership with Standard & Poor’s, the NJCU New Jersey 50 Index is available under the ticker NJCU50PR. The index is a reference and perspective point as it focuses on New Jersey vs. the Dow Jones Industrial Average (30 diverse stocks) and the S&P 500. It lists the top 50 companies that are headquartered in New Jersey and listed on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. Link to the NJCU New Jersey 50 Index at S&P. 

The NJCU New Jersey 50 Index will be rebalanced on a quarterly basis, and the University will note any additions or deletions from organizations comprising the Index.  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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