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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 & Marketing


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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.

Transition Report – Science and Technology

 February 15, 2018


In the Technology Transition Report just presented to Governor Murphy:  NJ Technology Transition Report to Governor Murphy, there are elements relating to higher education:

  • Priority: Strengthen links between our universities and innovative sectors
  • Priority:  Attract and retain high-tech talent and investment in New Jersey.

NJASCU Comments on the Report of the Education, Access, and Opportunity Transition Advisory Committee

February 9, 2018

NJASCU responds to some of the points made by the NJ Governor’s Transition Report on Education - “Report of the Education, Access, and Opportunity Transition Advisory Committee” – with: praise for some of the suggestions; questions about other priorities; and suggestions for priorities not included.

NJCU School Psychology Program Gains International Accreditation (February 6, 2018)

The NJCU School Psychology program was awarded accreditation by the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) recently at its annual meeting in Manchester, England. 

Update on DACA (February 5, 2018)

Higher Education Association Gets New Leadership as Current CEO Accepts Position to Head Public Policy Center at Stockton University

The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU), the nonprofit advocacy organization serving as the voice of public higher education in New Jersey, is pleased to announce the appointment of Director of Government and Legal Affairs Barbara Berreski, JD, MS, as its interim executive director, starting January 1, 2018. NJASCU's current executive director, Dr. Michael W. Klein, has accepted a new position as interim executive director of Stockton University's William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.

Ms. Berreski has managed the public higher education advocacy efforts with state officials since 2012 on behalf of NJASCU, which represents nine New Jersey public colleges and universities. Previously, she was a deputy attorney general with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety from 1991 to 2012. Ms. Berreski is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the District Court of New Jersey. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, JD from Temple University Law School, and master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

"Barbara's advocacy experience and educational background make her an excellent choice for accomplishing our goal of working with a new administration in Trenton to make public higher education a top priority for our state," said AJ Sabath, chairman of the board of NJASCU.

"The NJASCU trustees and presidents have complete confidence in her to take the reins of the organization. Key legislators and staff know and trust her, and they have come to rely on her expertise in such critical issues as financial aid, contracting, and Title IX. Barb is our perfect spokesperson to articulate on how investment in higher education provides the opportunity for New Jersey's residents to achieve their dreams, while also providing academic, cultural, and economic benefits to all New Jerseyans," Mr. Sabath said.

"Speaking on behalf of the entire NJASCU Board, we have enjoyed tremendously working with Mike during his six years as executive director and 13 years as director of Legal and Government Affairs," Chairman Sabath said. "We are sad to see him go, but very pleased he will be working at a job for which he is so well suited as someone who is a preeminent higher education scholar with invaluable practical experience."

See Stockton University's press announcement.


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 Senator Troy Singleton, Rowan University, Class of 2005

February 2018


New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton (D-District 7), who last year was known as New Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-District 7), identifies himself as a progressive who believes in getting the most out of every dollar spent. Getting the most bang for the buck was a principle instilled in him, not only by his family, but also by his college education.

He is one of the few people in New Jersey who with one bachelor’s degree could have been awarded three bachelor degree certificates – one from Glassboro State College, one from Rowan College and one from Rowan University. When he started college in 1992, the college was Glassboro State College, which then became Rowan College, which shortly afterwards became Rowan University. Even though he attended Rowan from 1992 to 1996, he left school six credits shy of what he needed to graduate.

“My mother got sick, and I did not want to be a drain on the family’s resources. I loved Rowan, and I made every minute count. But at the time, I thought earning a salary and making a contribution to the family would be more important than finishing school. In addition, I was lucky enough to get a job in state government and that coincided with my career goals,” he said.

His mother, however, was unhappy with the decision to forgo a degree. Her son promised he would go back to school and get that certificate from Rowan University (and in his case, a degree from two other institutions). In 2005, he fulfilled that promise, and best of all, his mother got to see him graduate. And so did his wife, Megan Singleton, a political science professor at Rowan College at Burlington County, whom he married in 2005.

“I am so pleased that I became an official graduate, because, in fact, Rowan was the force that set me on the path of public service,” said Senator Singleton, who is a former trustee of the Rowan University Board.

Thanks to being awarded a grant as a Rowan Trustee Scholar (which meant free tuition if he maintained a 3.0 grade point average) – plus other grants including Pell, TAG, a small conventional loan, and a variety of jobs, attending college was “financially doable.”  Read more.

See our previous alumni profiles here.

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

NJCU Celebrates Black History Month with Its Gil Noble Collection of Legendary Programs from WABC-TV’s Pioneering Public Affairs Series, ‘Like It Is’ 
February 15, 2018

New Jersey City University (NJCU) honors the memory and groundbreaking work of journalist Gil Noble during Black History Month with the announcement of plans to make accessible a collection of almost 800 interviews from “Like It Is,” WABC-TV’s Emmy Award-winning weekly public affairs series.

The longest running African-American-produced television program in the United States, WABC-TV’s weekly public affairs series “Like It Is,” gave viewers a look at local, national and international events, both current and past, from an African-American perspective. The series ran from 1967 until October 2011. Mr. Noble was named managing editor and producer of “Like It Is” in 1975. He produced and hosted the program on Sundays at noon until October 2011, when he was disabled by a stroke. Mr. Noble died on April 5, 2012 from complications caused by the stroke.

Original tapes from the “Like It Is” Collection are archived in the NJCU Lee Hagan Center for Africana Studies, located within the University’s Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library on the main campus in Jersey City. Videotapes are available for viewing on site by contacting the Hagan Center.

Mr. Noble began a close relationship with New Jersey City University in 1994, which included service as a visiting professor, a guest speaker, a moderator of debates and panel discussions, and a mentor to students. Mr. Noble also played a key role in the production of a video series for NJCU’s Human Relations Council. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by NJCU in 2003.  Read more.

Journalist Bob Woodward to Kick Off New Distinguished Lecture Series at Kean University 
February 14, 2018

Bob Woodward, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist best known for his coverage of the Watergate scandal, will speak about the importance of a free press and investigative journalism on Thursday, February 22, 2018, as part of a new distinguished lecture series at Kean University in Union.

An associate editor of The Washington Post and best-selling author, Mr. Woodward is regarded as one of the best journalists in the nation’s history and is the ideal person to launch the new lecture series, said Kean President Dawood Farahi, PhD.

“With so much economic, social and cultural change going on in our country and our world today, it is essential to engage our students and others in a dialogue about democracy,” Dr. Farahi said.  “We want to bring the best minds to campus, so people can be exposed to new ideas and opinions.”

Mr. Woodward came into the national spotlight more than four decades ago when he earned his first Pulitzer Price with Carl Bernstein for their coverage of the Watergate scandal. He earned a second Pulitzer in 2002 for his coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Throughout his career, he has authored 18 national best-selling books, including All the President’s Men about the Watergate break-in and cover-up. The award-winning movie of the same name is preserved in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its cultural and historical significance.  Read more.

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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