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Dr. Peter Philip Mercer Appointed President of Ramapo College of New Jersey

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 16, 2005

(Mahwah) – The Board of Trustees of Ramapo College of New Jersey today announced they selected Dr. Peter Philip Mercer as the College’s fourth president. Mercer has served as both dean of the law school and vice president for administration and general counsel at the University of Western Ontario. His appointment as president of Ramapo College is effective July 1, 2005.

As a board, we were impressed by Dr. Mercer’s record of leadership, his scholarship, his vision and his ability to communicate. We are confident that these qualities, together with his business, finance and legal expertise, are the right combination to lead Ramapo College to higher levels of excellence,” said Gail Brady, chair of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees. She added, We look forward to working with Dr. Mercer on strategic initiatives including enhancing our academic programs, maintaining our fiscal strength in the face of state budget shortfalls, advancing our international mission and serving the local and regional communities.”

“I look forward with great enthusiasm to joining Ramapo College as its fourth President,” stated Mercer. During my interviews, I was continually impressed by the commitment and dedication of all those involved with the College and I will be drawing heavily on their support as we work together in the months and years ahead.”

Mercer also has served as acting vice president for external affairs at Western Ontario and acting director of development. A former visiting research scholar at the University of Michigan, he has been a faculty member at the University of Calgary, the University of Detroit, and the University of Windsor. Dr. Mercer received a Law Faculty Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Western Ontario and a Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers.

He is the editor of Products Liability in Canada (Oceana, 1988); and co-author of An Introduction to Business Associations in Canada (Carswell, 1984). In addition, he has authored numerous articles, book chapters and reviews. His recent publications have focused on the legal profession and legal ethics.

Mercer earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, earned an L.L.M. at the University of Cambridge and an L.L.B. at the University of Western Ontario, where he was awarded honors in English and Philosophy. He is currently on a partialstudy leave serving as principal consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Finance on integrated supply chain management in the Ontario public sector.

Mercer was chosen from among more than 90 candidates for the position following an extensive search.

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Dr. Peter Philip Mercer has served both as dean of the law school and vice president for administration and general counsel at the University of Western Ontario, where he is a professor of law. He also has served as acting vice president for external affairs at Western Ontario and acting director of development. A former visiting research scholar at the University of Michigan, he has been a faculty member at the University of Calgary, the University of Detroit, and the University of Windsor. Dr. Mercer has received a Law Faculty Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Western Ontario and a Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers. He is the author of Products Liability in Canada (Oceana, 1988); and co-author of An Introduction to Business Associations in Canada (Carswell, 1984). In addition, he has authored numerous articles, book chapters and reviews. His recent publications have focused on the legal profession and legal ethics. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, earned an L.L.M. at the University of Cambridge and an L.L.B. at the University of Western Ontario, where he was awarded honors in English and Philosophy. He is currently on a study leave serving as principal consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Finance on integrated supply chain management in the Ontario public sector.

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About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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