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  • Dr. William J. Maxwell '58

    The William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences is named in honor of the leader in State and national higher education,  steadfast supporter of New Jersey City University’s commitment to its urban mission, and staunch advocate of urban education.  


    Dr. William J. Maxwell earned a bachelor of science degree in education and social studies at NJCU (then Jersey City State College), and went on to earn both master’s and doctoral degrees at Columbia University. 

    In 1961, he returned to this institution as a member of the faculty, and in the decades that followed was a scholar, teacher, dean, president, and president emeritus

    During Dr. Maxwell’s distinguished tenure as president (1974-1992), he led the successful campaign to secure passage of the state college autonomy legislation, which gave New Jersey’s four-year institutions control over their fiscal management, and guided the institution towards its goal of access and excellence in education.

    In 1992, Dr. Maxwell returned to the faculty as a Distinguished Service Professor of History and Education. 

    In recognition of Dr. Maxwell’s vision, service, and outstanding contributions to higher education and of his deep involvement in the transition of his beloved alma mater from a state teachers college to a nationally-recognized public, urban university, the Board of Trustees of New Jersey City University approved the naming of the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences.

    The College was dedicated on September 13, 2006 at an afternoon ceremony that followed NJCU's 22nd Annual Academic Convocation, a program at which Dr. Maxwell delivered the keynote address.

    Dr. Maxwell died on May 15, 2011.