About the Institute

Congressman Frank Guarini

The Guarini Institute at NJCU was officially launched on November 18, 2020, with a virtual ribbon-cutting event attended by special guests and dignitaries from across the world. The institute was made possible by a $5 million gift in May 2020 from long-time NJCU donor, Congressman Frank J. Guarini.

In February 2021, Dr. Adrian Franco, a former officer and director at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, began his role as inaugural executive director and manager of the $5 million gift. NJCU President Sue Henderson said: “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Adrian Franco to our institution in this exciting new capacity. Dr. Franco’s experience in education, development, leadership, and his past executive roles in his native Mexico make him uniquely qualified to build our shared vision to make NJCU the statewide leader in enhancing business, culture, and citizenry.”

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“Education is the most important word in our language, in any language. It’s how we create leaders, grow our economy, and learn about other people, which nurtures peace. Education is the key to a better world.” Hon. Frank J. Guarini