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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)July 19, 2006

(Mahwah) – Thomas O. McGurn, general manager – retail and industry relations for BMW of North America, LLC, was named chair of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors during the board’s annual meeting.  He has been a member of the Foundation Board of Governors since 1995, serving on the Executive and Golf committees and as chairman of the Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner from 2004-2006.   Also elected were Robert Tillsley president, McBride National Services, who is the Foundation Board’s new vice president; Richard Conti, partner, Prestige Media, Inc., who will serve as secretary; and Patricia McMillan, vice president, J.P. Morgan Chase, the Foundation’s new treasurer.

Outgoing Board of Governors Chair Bernard J. Milano said McGurn is a terrific choice for this key position.  He values and appreciates the educational opportunities offered by the College and heartily endorses its strategic plan, leadership team and Board of Trustees.   He has proven himself to be a great leader, actively engaged in all aspects of the Foundation.”

McGurn has been associated with BMW of North America, LLC, the U.S. sales and marketing company for BMW automobiles, sports activity vehicles, and motorcycles, and MINI passenger cars since 1975.  During his tenure he has had senior management responsibility for a variety of communications, public relations, professional development, and public policy functions.  As general manager – retail and industry relations, he is currently responsible for communications and issue management programs with the company’s dealer organizations and is the company’s representative in several industry associations.

For more than 10 years, Tom has been a committed board member, taking on roles of increasing responsibility such as chairing our largest fundraiser, the Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner.  I look forward to working with him in as he assumes this top leadership position,” said Cathleen Davey, vice president for institutional advancement at Ramapo College and executive director of the Foundation.

In addition to his involvement with the Ramapo College Foundation, McGurn has served on the Board of Directors of the Bergen Hudson Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Board/Executive Committee of the Girl Scout Council of Bergen County.

He holds a degree in political science from the California State University-Fresno and completed the Executive Program at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

McGurn and his wife Carolyn, live in Ho-Ho-Kus. They have two adult daughters.


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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