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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 9, 2007

(Mahwah) – Dr. Peter P. Mercer, president of Ramapo College of New Jersey, announced the establishment of the Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise in the Anisfield School of Business.  Initial funding for the Center will come from a $250,000 gift from Dr. Murray Sabrin, a professor of finance and executive director of the college’s Center for Business and Public Policy, and his wife, Florence.

“We believe that our gift will have a major impact on the education of Anisfield School of Business students,” said Dr. Sabrin.  He and Mrs. Sabrin are committed to having their gift and the income it generates used for scholarships, faculty research and programmatic needs.  The Center also will provide an opportunity for the Anisfield School of Business to conduct community outreach.

The first installment of the gift, in December, will be used to create an endowment for the exclusive use of the Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise.  An executive director will be appointed to begin organizing the Center and to seek support for future activities from corporations, foundations and individuals.  It is expected the Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise will begin operation in the 2008 – 2009 academic year.  The Ramapo College Foundation will administer the Sabrin’s gift.

“It is always special in the life of a college when faculty members and their families contribute financially in a way that complements their intellectual contributions,” said Dr. Mercer.

Cathleen Davey, vice president and executive director of the Ramapo College Foundation said, “The Sabrins often speak about giving back and helping others. With this gift, they bring to fruition their dream and set a wonderful example for our faculty to emulate.”

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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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