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Four New Members Appointed to Ramapo College Board of Trustees

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 11, 2005

Appointees are Sharon K. McGahee, attorney with Port Authority of NY and NJ; A.J. Sabath, deputy commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Timothy W. Schroeder, interim principal of the Nathan Hale School in Northvale, NJ; and Esther Suarez, counsel for Bergen County.

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey has announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees. The new members are Sharon K. McGahee, attorney with Port Authority of NY and NJ; A.J. Sabath, director of constituent relations and intergovernmental affairs with the New Jersey Senate; Timothy W. Schroeder, retired principal in the West New York School System; and Esther Suarez, counsel for Bergen County.

Sharon K. McGahee, a senior attorney for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the office of the New Jersey solicitor, earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1982 from Rutgers School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She has held the senior attorney position since 1994 and represents the agency in employment discrimination, personal injury and worker’s compensation matters. McGahee also held law associate, judicial clerk, law clerk and legal assistant positions. In addition, she served as a senatorial intern for Senator Bill Bradley in 1980 and the LBJ Congressional Intern to Congressman Peter W. Rodino, Jr. from 1976 to 1978.

McGahee’s professional affiliations include the New Jersey State Bar, the Essex County Bar, the Garden State Bar, the Association of Black Women Lawyers, a board member of Essex/Newark Legal Services, a panel chair of the District VA Fee Arbitration Committee and president of the northern New Jersey chapter of the National Alumni Association of Spelman College. She lives in Maplewood, NJ.

A.J. Sabath was appointed deputy commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in November 2004 and currently is a senior advisor to Acting Governor Richard J. Codey. Prior to joining the Executive Branch, he held a number of positions in the New Jersey Legislature including director of constituent relations and intergovernmental affairs and senior research associate for the New Jersey Senate Majority Office, executive director for the Senate Democratic Majority PAC, director of constituent relations and communications specialist.

As director of constituent relations and intergovernmental affairs and senior research associate, Sabath advised the president of the New Jersey Senate on political, legislative and governmental issues. He was also responsible for coordinating outreach programs such as town meetings, public hearings and news conferences. He is a graduate of Ramapo College who earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. He lives in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Timothy W. Schroeder is interim principal of the Nathan Hale School in Northvale, NJ. Previously he held administrative positions in West New York, including principal of the Early Childhood Center, principal assigned to the district’s Board of Education Central Office, principal of Memorial High School, and assistant principal of No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 schools. Schroeder’s professional activities include serving as treasurer and vice president of the West New York Education Association and engaging in negotiations for the West New York Teachers Association and the West New York Administrators Association. He received a B.A. in elementary education from Jersey City State College and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in human development. He has also accumulated credits in administration and supervision from Montclair State University. He lives in Bergenfield, NJ.

Esther Suarez, counsel for Bergen County, earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from Rutgers School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Douglass College. She has held the county counsel position since January 2003, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the county’s law office and supervision of all cases and matters handled within the county’s jurisdiction. She also provides legal counsel to the county executive and county departments. Prior to that position, she served as corporation counsel for Hoboken and as a law associate at Scarinci & Hollenbeck, LLC. She’s also held law clerk and legislative assistant positions.

Suarez is affiliated with the Bergen County Bar Association, president of the Young Lawyers of the Hudson County Bar Association, the Rutgers University Board of Governors and Eagleton Institute Undergraduate Associate Program. She lives in Fort Lee, NJ.


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

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 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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