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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


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



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.

This month -- Mohamad Bassel Khair, Class of 2013, Montclair State University.  Read profile here.

Previous Alumni Profiles:

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

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

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

NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band (September 2016)

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

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

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

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

Joanne Robinson, William Paterson University School of Nursing, '75 (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

Op-Ed: Deepening Our Commitment to Public Purposes of Higher Ed 
February 16, 2017

William Paterson University of New Jersey President Kathleen Waldron published a compelling op-ed in NJ Spotlight that reminds the reader of the crucial role that institutions of higher education play in serving society.  Read QuickTake here.

NJCU Launches Master’s Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science
February 2, 2017

The School of Business at New Jersey City University (NJCU) has launched a Master of Science degree program in Business Analytics and Data Science designed to prepare students for careers in the burgeoning field of data analytics.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics and Data Science program will prepare students with the skills needed to gather, store, analyze and interpret large amounts of “Big Data” to facilitate informed business decision-making.

Data analytics is an area of strong employment growth. A recent study by McKinsey Global Institute projects about 500,000 jobs requiring data analysis skills by 2018, with a projected shortage of about 190,000 jobs. The NJCU School of Business program permits graduate students with an interest in analytics to focus their studies on techniques suitable to specific business disciplines such as finance, marketing, logistics and accounting. 

Stockton University to Host First 'StockHack' on February 18-19

January 31, 2017

Stockton University is presenting its first annual StockHack, a 24-hour, innovation, design and technology competition for high school students and currently enrolled undergraduate college students, from noon on Saturday, February 18 – noon on Sunday, February 19.

StockHack is a unique, free event which in which students will learn how computer science can be applied in their educations by experimenting with interface design and software engineering challenges. The overall themes for the event are innovation and design, with a grand prize going to the most innovative original project.

Kudos to Mercer County Leaders on Educational Attainment

January 20, 2017

The leadership of the Mercer County Executive, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and members ofthe Blue Ribbon Commission on a Mercer County Partnership for Educational Attainment are commended for recent recommendations to place higher educational opportunity at the center of the county's long-term economic prosperity.


Collegiate Sponsor Spotlights:

TechXtend Hosts Educational Seminar on "Physical Security in the Education Space"

February 24, 2017

TechXtend, an IT solution provider specializing in the areas of security, virtualization, disaster recovery, and datacenter infrastructure, invites members of the higher education community to a February 24, 2017 educational seminar on "Physical Security in the Education Space."  The learning session, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes lunch and will take place at TechXtend corporate offices in Eatontown, New Jersey.

Partnering with TechXtend for this instructional session is Bosch Security Systems.  In reaction to recent nationwide school incidents and threats, both Bosch and TechXtend determined a need among security professionals at educational institutions for proactive rather than reactive strategies.

Some key issues to be discussed include:

  • Campus security: defending against burglary, vandalism, and trespassing.
  • Student/Employee Safety: Situational awareness of the student population as well as non-students on campus and controlling ingress/egress.
  • Student/Employee Management: Identifying trouble areas and activities as a means of enhanced control with less personnel.
  • ROI: Longevity of equipment and technology, ability to leverage existing equipment, reduction of failure risk, and easy proof migration path.

TechXtend and Bosch SLED

Safety & Security

Lunch & Learn

February 24, 2017

11 am - 2 pm

4 Industrial Way West, 3rd Floor

Eatontown, New Jersey 07724

RSVP - Contact Kevin Askew for more information:

kevin.askew@techxtend.com (800) 441-1511

If you are unable to physically attend, you can register for an interactive webinar.

Click to Register for Webinar

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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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