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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 27, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – William “Bill” Dator, of Mahwah, NJ, was sworn in as a member of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees today. He replaces Gail Brady who has served as a Board member since 1993.

Dator was born in India but moved to Mahwah at an early age.  As a graduate of Monmouth College, now a university, he  did graduate work in real estate at the University of Indiana, the University of Connecticut and the University of San Francisco Law School.  Dator has been a real estate broker for more than 30 years and is a licensed real estate appraiser in New Jersey.  He is currently a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Commercial.

“As we thank Gail Brady for years of selfless service to this institution, we welcome Bill Dator to the Board of Trustees,” said Board Chairman A.J. Sabath ’93. “Ramapo College has undergone nothing less than a transformation in recent years and we are well on our way to becoming the premier public liberal arts institution in the region. I am certain that Bill’s contributions and vision will help us achieve our goals on behalf of our students and the people of New Jersey.”

Dator played an important role in helping plan the location of the College when he suggested the Stephen Birch estate as a potential site for the new college.  Dator and his wife, Linda, are supporters of the Ramapo College Foundation, Golf Outing, Distinguished Citizens Dinner and the Havemeyer Edible Garden.

“Bill Dator and his wife, Linda, have had a long standing relationship with Ramapo College,” said President Peter P. Mercer.  “Bill was the founding President of the Friends of Ramapo and has been actively involved with our College since 1970. We are pleased to have Bill formally join the College now as a member of the Board of Trustees. As a life long resident of Mahwah and a successful businessman, I have no doubt that Bill’s expertise in capital development and community building will serve the College well.”

Dator serves as the Chairman of the Northwest Bergen Utilities Authority, Vice Chairman of the Mahwah Board of Adjustment and is also an active member of the Mahwah Office of Emergency Management.  He has also served as a Director of Independence Bank and Commerce Bank North, President of the New Jersey Securities and Syndication Institute and was the first Chairman of the Bergen County Agricultural Development Board.  He has also volunteered his time in Mahwah as President of Mahwah Chamber of Commerce, Battalion Chief with the Mahwah Fire Department, President of the Mahwah Ambulance Corps and as a Trustee of the Mahwah Museum.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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