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Ramapo College Appoints Dr. Ed Petkus, Jr., Dean of the Anisfield School of Business

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 18, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer has appointed Dr. Ed Petkus, Jr. as Dean of the Anisfield School of Business. Petkus, an international educator, joined Ramapo in 2006 as a Professor of Marketing and directed the Marketing and International Business programs.

Petkus was awarded the prestigious Bischoff Award for Teaching Excellence at Ramapo College in 2012 and served as Acting Dean of the Anisfield School of Business (ASB) in the spring of 2015.

“Over the years Dr. Petkus has been a consistent contributor to the College providing high quality instruction as a professor in the Anisfield School of Business, as an advisor to student groups, and as an active member of several committees,” said President Mercer. “Dr. Petkus’ wealth of firsthand knowledge of our students, our academic programs, our many strengths and our challenges has positioned him well to approach the deanship with keen optimism and enterprising resourcefulness. I look forward to his leadership.”

Petkus has taught internationally at ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, Lithuania and at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam. His research interests are in marketing education, non-profit marketing and sustainability.

“In the ASB, we are proud to offer a distinctive combination of an accredited business education and a strong grounding in the liberal arts,” said Petkus. “Our students receive solid professional preparation in their fields, and they understand the role that business plays in the wider socio-cultural context. I am looking forward to leading our talented, innovative faculty in producing learning experiences that make our students uniquely creative in their approach to business, with a strong commitment to social responsibility.”

Petkus earned his Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Tennessee and holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Nutrition and an MBA from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Ramapo College, he was the Bertie Deming Smith Distinguished Chair and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. He also served as Associate Professor at the University of Tampa and Boise State University.

Originally from North Haledon, New Jersey, Petkus lives in Cold Spring, New York.

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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 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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