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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 11, 2002

(Mahwah) – Dr. Rodney D. Smith officially will become the third president of Ramapo College of New Jersey in an investiture ceremony scheduled May 2 in the Berrie Center’s Sharp Theater on the College’s campus. In his remarks, Smith will present his vision for Ramapo in a talk entitled, “Ramapo College of New Jersey: Leading International Understanding and 21st Century Partnerships.” Expected to attend the inauguration are delegates from other colleges and universities, faculty and staff of Ramapo College and from Hampton University (VA), where Smith held the position of vice president for planning and dean of the Graduate College. Also planning to attend are Ramapo’s two former presidents, founding President George T. Potter, who served the College from 1969 – 1984 and Adelphi President Robert A. Scott, who was president of Ramapo from 1985 to 2000.

Following the ceremony, an outdoor reception will be held outside the Mansion. Former U.S. Senator Paul Seward Trible, Jr., president of Christopher Newport University in Virginia, will be the guest speaker at a brunch prior to the investiture ceremony. Dr. William R. Harvey, president of Hampton University, will speak at the inaugural dinner.

Ramapo College is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as number two among comprehensive colleges in the north. Ramapo also is recognized by the John Templeton Foundation as one of America’s “character-building colleges” because of its emphasis on service learning and student leadership. The College’s mission is focused on the four “pillars” of a Ramapo education: international, intercultural, interdisciplinary and experiential.

On-campus housing demand has grown during recent years with more than 85 percent of freshmen choosing to live on campus. Construction is underway on a 528-bed apartment complex and slated to begin soon on a sports and recreation center, an environmental education center, and the Marge Roukema Center for International Education and Entrepreneurship.

Tickets will be required for those attending the ceremony. Please call Bonnie Franklin, (201) 684-6844, to reserve a ticket.

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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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