Media Advisory: Former NJ Gov. Kean to Deliver Keynote at Forum on Higher Ed. in NJ

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Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration will sponsor a forum that will focus on critical challenges public higher education in New Jersey currently faces. These issues include the restructuring of Rutgers University, cost and affordability issues, financial aid needs, and workforce development. The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, former governor of the state of New Jersey and chair of the New Jersey Higher Education Task Force, will deliver the keynote address. Robert L. Barchi, president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will share his thoughts about the challenges Rutgers faces and discuss his current strategic planning process for the university.

In addition to Kean and Barchi, other speakers and presenters include:

Edith F. Behr, vice president and senior credit manager, Moody’s Investor Service
Senator Sandra B. Cunningham (D-31st District), chair, Senate Higher Education Committee
Debbie Hart, president and chief executive officer, BioNJ
Rochelle Hendricks, secretary of higher education, State of New Jersey
Marc Holzer, dean, School of Public Affairs & Administration, Rutgers University
Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R-21st District), New Jersey Senate Republican Leader
Michael W. Klein, president, New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities
Joann La Perla-Morales, president, Middlesex County College
Ralph La Rossa, chief operating officer, Public Service Electric and Gas Corporation
John L. McGoldrick, chair, Governor’s Higher Education Council
Laura Pena, professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley (-3rd District), chair, Assembly Higher Education Committee
Carl E. Van Horn, professor and director, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
Jane V. Wellman, executive director, National Association of System Heads, Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 12, 8:00 am- 2:00 pm

This program will take place at Rutgers-Newark’s S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice (123 Washington Street) on the lower level in Room 070.

Event Contact:
This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Click for more details and to register.

Media Contacts:
Helen Paxton,, or Carla Capizzi,, of the Office of Communications, 973-353-5262.