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(Mahwah) — Bernard J. Milano, president and trustee of the KPMG Foundation, was named president of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors during the Foundation Board of Governors Annual Meeting. He has served as a member of the Foundation Board and the board’s Executive Committee for nearly 10 years, and is a member of the Ramapo College Strategic Planning Committee.

Milano is founder and director of The Ph.D. Project, a systemic effort to increase the pool of minority candidates for business positions by increasing the pool of minority business professors. The Project encourages promising minorities in corporate positions to enter doctorate programs to become college professors. If we could diversify the front of the classroom, then we would have a better chance of attracting minorities to study in those disciplines,” Milano says. We felt we had to make a difference,” he continues. It was a way of diversifying corporate America, create a diverse faculty, which would create a diverse student body, which would maximize the completion rate of minorities in college.”

Last winter, Milano was appointed to President Bush’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Board will identify and report ways to provide quality education programs for minority students and strengthen the role of HBCUs. The board is made up of 21 members, 15 of them are university presidents; Milano is one of only six from the business world.

Among his many positions of leadership, he is a past president of Beta Alpha Psi National Honor Fraternity, on the board of directors and the Executive Committee of Students in Free Enterprise, president of the Episcopal Church Foundation, and is chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board of North Carolina A&T State University.

Working Mother magazine named Milano one of their Ten Champions of Diversity for 2001. A recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for distinguished service to education given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, he also received the 1998 Students in Free Enterprise Champion Award, an honorary doctorate in the humanities from North Carolina A&T State University and the Presidents’ Award from the Golden Key National Honor Society (1993). In addition, he was named the Beta Alpha Psi National Accountant of the Year (1995) and Outstanding Alumnus of the Business School of Temple University (1992).

Milano is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in accounting. He started his career with KPMG in the audit practice of the Philadelphia office. In 1975, he transferred to KPMG’s Executive Office. He lives with his wife, Sharon, and sons, Matthew, age 12, and Adam, age 10, in Allendale, and has four older children and five grandchildren.

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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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