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Ramapo College Announces New Assistant Dean of Teacher Education

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 14, 2022

Dr. Adam Fried

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey is pleased to announce that Dr. Adam Fried has accepted the position of Assistant Dean of Teacher Education, effective January 1, 2023.

Fried has served as superintendent of the Harrington Park, N.J., school system since 2006. The Bergen County resident received his bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University and his M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Iona College (N.Y.). Fried earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He was named Northern Regional Superintendent of the Year in 2017 and Bergen County Superintendent of the Year in 2018.

Fried grew up in Miami, Dade County before moving with his family to New Jersey at the age of 12. “My parents went back to school later in their lives to earn college degrees, so I was the first generation to go to college straight from high school,” Fried said. After graduation, his first job was as an elementary math and science teacher at Honiss School in Dumont, N.J. After four years, he was hired as the Vice Principal at Lincoln Middle School and later as Principal at Jefferson Elementary School, both in Hawthorne, N.J., positions he says ultimately prepared him for the role of superintendent. Among his other duties, he was responsible for creating programs and took the lead of the professional development for the district, earn the job as Director of Curriculum/Assistant Superintendent for Hawthorne.

Fried says he sees the move to higher education as a “natural progression as an educational leader.”

“The ability to help create programs and develop the next group of amazing educators is something I’m quite excited about,” Fried says. “I believe Ramapo College has an amazing group of people that can create greater practice and craft for the children we serve every day. I believe that School of Education can create more pathways for teachers as well as instructional aides. “

Aaron Lorenz, Dean of Ramapo’s School of Social Science and Human Services, said, “I’m excited to be able to work with such an effective leader who has shown that his dedication to education starts and ends with supporting the students. The Ramapo community and educators across the state of New Jersey now get to witness Dr. Fried’s insight and creativity at the higher education level. Dr. Fried brings added connections to Ramapo for the Morris-Union Jointure Commission, a partnership that helps fill that vital pipeline necessary to prepare the future of teachers in New Jersey.”

Fried added, “I know we can expand our relationships with the districts that surround this idyllic campus. If we continue to expand these partnerships, we can develop new and exciting programs that enhance our students’ practice and craft.”

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About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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