(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 20, 2001
(Mahwah) — Dr. Allan E. Goodman, president and chief executive officer of the Institute of International Education, will deliver the commencement address and receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s 2001 ceremony, scheduled Monday, May 21 beginning at 10 a.m. Congresswoman Marge Roukema, chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity and a member of the House Banking and House Education and Workforce committees, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Dr. Alice Chandler, Ramapo’s interim president, will preside over commencement, during which a total of 736 students who completed their studies in January and during the spring 2001 semester will graduate. An additional 200 students who are expected to finish in August are eligible to participate.
The President’s Award of Merit will be given to Joshua Orwa Ojodeh, Ramapo Class of 1990, and a Member of Parliament in Kenya.
Chandler became president July 1, 2000 following the resignation of Dr. Robert A. Scott, who left Ramapo College to become president of Adelphi University. Dr. Rodney D. Smith, vice president for planning and dean of the Graduate College, Hampton University (Virginia), will become the third permanent president July 1.
Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree Recipient
Dr. Allan E. Goodman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Institute of International Education
Prior to becoming president of the Institute of International Education in 1998, Dr. Goodman served as executive dean and professor of international affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. While at Georgetown, he built the graduate foreign service course and its joint degree programs into one of the top programs in the country for advanced training in diplomacy, leadership and international relations. Among Dr. Goodman’s achievements are founding the Women in Foreign Service Program, for which he recruited Dr. Madeleine Albright as director, and establishing the Georgetown Leadership Seminar and the Pew Economic Freedom Fellowship Program.
Dr. Goodman was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing and he helped create the first academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Academy for the association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. His overseas experience also includes work on the normalization of US-Vietnamese relations and establishment of a diplomatic training program with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He also served as presidential briefing coordinator for the director of Central Intelligence and as special assistant to the director of the National Foreign Assessment Center in the Carter Administration. He was chairman of the department of Government and International relations at Clark University.
Dr. Goodman’s publications include The Lost Peace: America’s Search for a Negotiated Settlement of the Vietnam War and Negotiating While Fighting: The Diary of Admiral C. Turner Joy at the Korean Armistice Conference. He received his M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1968 and his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University in 1971. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree, honoris causa, from Mount Ida College.
Presidential Award of Merit
Joshua Orwa Ojodeh ’90
Member of Parliament, Ndhiwa, Kenya
A leader in his country’s transition to a multi-party democracy, Joshua Orwa Ojodeh is known as the diplomatic flag-bearer of his party, the National Development Party. Ojodeh is emerging as a driving force in Kenya for democracy, government reform, and improved health care and education.
Ojodeh spent his childhood in a rural section of Kenya, an area regarded by the elite as backwards. After high school, he came to Ramapo College to pursue a bachelor’s degree and use his education to help his people. While at Ramapo, Ojodeh majored in environmental studies and international business and was vice president of the International Students Organization.
Upon his return to Kenya, Ojodeh made his debut in politics in 1992. After a failed run for parliament, Ojodeh spearheaded drastic internal reforms to fight corrupt elections. His outspoken criticism of the Kenyan political structure resulted in his arrest, but also led to his victory by landslide margins in 1994 and 1997. Political observers view Ojodeh as a liberal democrat, an active, pro-reform crusader for the people. His determination and approach to issues has earned him respect and admiration across the country.
Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree Recipient
Congresswoman Marge Roukema
United States House of Representatives
Representative Marge Roukema, dean of the New Jersey delegation, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980. She is a champion of a strong economy, health insurance reform, welfare reform, immigration reform, campaign finance reform, financial services modernization, education funding and protection of the environment. Key components of Roukema’s Save and Invest in America tax policy package were made part of the Balanced Budget Act and Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Her get-tough child support enforcement legislation was written into the recent welfare reform law and has increased support collections dramatically. Her crackdown on abuse of student loans by scam trade schools has saved taxpayers $2 billion annually since 1992. And her sponsorship of the Family and Medical Leave Act marked a milestone in job security for American families.
Roukema was recently named vice chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee and chairwoman of its Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. This follows a successful six-year term (the maximum allowed under House rules) as chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions. In that role she was a key author of landmark legislation that updated the nation’s Depression-era financial services laws and will make the United States more competitive in the global market of financial services. As chairwoman of the housing panel, she plans to address mortgage reform and other steps to help make the American dream of home ownership come true for as many families as possible.
Born in West Orange, Roukema holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Montclair State University and did graduate work at both Montclair State and Rutgers University. She and her husband, psychiatrist Richard W. Roukema, M.D. reside in Ridgewood. She taught secondary school American history and government before leaving teaching to raise their three children. Her career in public service began early as an active leader in a variety of volunteer community organizations. She was president of the Ridgewood Republican Club and won her first elected office as a member of the Ridgewood Board of Education in 1970.
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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