150 West State Street. Trenton NJ 08608 -- 609-989-1100 office

Michael W. Klein, JD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer



Barbara Berreski, Esq.

Government & Legal Affairs


Patricia A. Berry

Budget & Administration


Pamela J. Hersh

Communications & Marketing


Support Staff

Charlene R. Pipher

Executive Assistant/Web Design


Terry Toth

Part-Time Secretarial Assistant


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Scholar Sponsor:

Learn more about becoming a NJASCU Sponsor here.

New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities

150 West State Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08608

609-989-1100 office


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.


Collegiate Sponsor Spotlights:


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.

This month -- David Keefe, Montclair State University, MFA, 2009.  Read his profile here.

New to the NJASCU Site

Quick Takes (below) are current brief updates on legislative and policy issues being followed by NJASCU.  Other "Quick Takes" can be accessed here.

NJCU Appoints a Transformative Leader as Dean of Its College of Arts and Sciences
July 20, 2016

The new dean of New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences is Dr. João Sedycias, as of August 1, 2016. The selection was announced following a national search for qualified candidates, which included meetings and open forums with NJCU’s faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

A transformative teacher and scholar with international experience in North and South America, Dr. Sedycias will also assume a faculty position as Professor in the Department of Modern Languages.

“Dean Sedycias’ academic acumen will help the College and the faculty develop academically and intellectually. His expertise as a dean and scholar will ensure learning and research opportunities for students and faculty remain at the forefront of priorities,” state Dr. Sue Henderson, president of NJCU. Read more here.

Artwork of Kean Professor is Featured in Smithsonian Museum Exhibit, Washington DC
July 20, 2016

Kean University Professor and Oceanport, NJ resident Jennifer Crupi’s fine art jewelry is featured in the newly reinstalled permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s branch for contemporary craft and decorative arts. Her design, Ornamental Hands: Figure One, was selected from the over 2,000 craft works to be included in the new exhibition, Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery. The new exhibit, housed in this national historic landmark, opened to the public July 1 and is on view indefinitely.

“It is a privilege to be part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick collection,” said Ms. Crupi. “As a teaching artist, I see it as my mission to create work that pushes the boundaries of the field. My own professional practice challenges students to think about jewelry and metalsmithing differently and to consider it an expressive art form that can communicate on many levels.”  Read more here.

NJCU Names Interim Dean as Business School's Founding Dean
July 21, 2016

New Jersey City University has named Dr. Bernard McSherry as founding dean of the NJCU School of Business.  Dr. McSherry is a former governor of the New York Stock Exchange who brings three decades of experience as a business leader and entrepreneur.  He has served as a faculty member and interim dean of the NJCU School of Business since June 2014.

Dr. McSherry was selected for the position following a nationwide search which included open meetings and forums with NJCU's faculty, administrators, staff and students.  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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