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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 3, 2008

(Mahwah) – The Ramapo College Foundation announced the appointment of Robert Tillsley as chairman of its Board of Governors.  Tillsley, who is president of McBride National Services, lives in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Tillsley has served on the Board of Governors for 18 years.  He has held the appointed position of vice chairman and also has served as co-chairman of the college’s CIT Performing Arts Dinner Series.  He is the past chair of the Business Network Committee and served for many years on the Executive Committee.

“I look forward to working with Bob Tillsley to expand the accomplishments achieved by the Board of Governors and to extend our outreach,” said Dr. Peter Mercer, president of Ramapo College.

“One of the major goals during my term is to build a continued record of success for the Foundation and raise the funds needed to fully support the initiatives approved in the College’s new Strategic Plan,” Tillsley said.

Joining him in leadership positions on the Board of Governors are Frances K. Hackett ’80, vice chair; Debra Perry ’85, secretary; and Patricia McMillan, treasurer.

The chairman has been with McBride Corporate Real Estate since 1988 and has served as the president of the National Services division since its inception in 1994.  He directs a national commercial real estate practice.  Tillsley is an active member of the Society of Industrial and
Office Realtors and is on the Board of Directors of CORFAC International, an International Real Estate Brokerage Network.

Members of the Board of Governors act as ambassadors for the college and the Foundation, actively participate on committees and ensure the Foundation’s legal, financial and ethical integrity.  They also support Foundation events including the Distinguished Citizens Dinner, the SEIKO Annual Golf Outing and the CIT Performing Arts Dinner series.  Proceeds from these special events help to award student scholarships, support faculty research and fund college projects.

Tillsley, and his wife Susan, have two daughters, Laura and Maggie and a son, Michael.


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, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, 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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