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MAHWAH – The Ramapo College Foundation chairman, Mr. Robert Tillsley, announced the appointment of Gregg Gerken, a banking executive and J. Brian Smith, a corporate public relations specialist to its Board of Governors.  The appointees will help fulfill the Foundation’s mission to “provide the resources that make the difference in Ramapo College’s quest for educational excellence.”  Both were appointed to three-year terms.

Gregg Gerken is market president, TD Bank.  He joined Commerce Bank in 1997 as senior lender for the Northern Region and, in 1998, was promoted to senior vice president and market manager.  Commerce bank was recently acquired by TD Bank.  His philanthropic interests include serving on the Executive and Development Committee for
the N.J. Chapter of the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, the Independent College Fund of New Jersey and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  He lives in Denville, New Jersey.
J. Brian Smith is vice president-communications and advertising for PSE&G Services Corporation, a position he was named to in 2007.  For eight years, he has been an adjunct professor at Ramapo College, teaching communications in the College’s School of Contemporary Arts.  Prior to joining PSE&G, he was a reporter and editor for the “New York Daily News.”  He lives in Ramsey, New Jersey.

“We are so fortunate to have the leadership and commitment of Gregg and Brian to our Board of Governors,” said Cathleen Davey, executive director of the Ramapo College Foundation.  “We have had a long history with both of their companies of generous, strategic support.  TD Bank and PSE&G have helped us bring many initiatives to fruition.”

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, annual golf outing and performing arts dinner series.  Proceeds from these events help to fund student scholarships, faculty research and College projects.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.


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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