Board of Trustees

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Meet Our Board of Trustees

Rafael Perez



Rafael Perez, Esq., Chair
Partner, Connell Foley LLP
Jersey City, NJ


Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan, C.P.A., Vice Chair
President & CEO,
AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc.
East Rutherford, NJ


T. Steven Chang

T. Steven Chang
Professor, Long Island University
CW Post Campus, College of Management
Brookville, NY


Edward P. Fowlkes

Edward P. Fowlkes
Principal Partner, Alliance Construction Group
Jersey City, NJ


Irene Trowell-Harris Headshot

Irene Trowell-Harris, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Maj Gen, USAF, Ret 01/20
Former Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans
Arlington, VA


James A. Jacobson

James A. Jacobson
Vice Chairman and Managing Director (Retired)
Spear, Leeds and Kellogg Specialist, LLC
New York, NY


Vij Pawar

Vij Pawar, Esq.
Pawar, Gilgallon & Rudy, LLC
Morristown, NJ


Joseph F. Scott

Joseph F. Scott
President and Chief Executive Officer
Liberty Health/Jersey City Medical Center
Jersey City, NJ


Luke Visconti

Luke Visconti
Founder and Chairman of DiversityInc.
West Palm Beach, FL


Edward Whittaker

Edward Whittaker, Ph.D.
Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ

Student Trustees


Nermeen Girgis

Nermeen Girgis (Voting)
Political Science, Class of 2021

Thyquel Halley

Thyquel Halley (Non Voting)
Marketing, Class of 2024

Trustee Emeritus


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John J. Moore, L.L.M.
Trustee Emeritus


Marilyn Bennett

Marilyn Bennett
Trustee Emeritus

For Board of Trustees inquiries:

Location: Hepburn Hall, Room 313
Phone: 201-200-3111
Fax: 201-200-2352
Contact name: Dr. Virginia Melendez



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