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Ramapo College Board of Trustees Extends President Mercer’s Term to 2021

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 1, 2018

President Mercer with students at the Arching ceremony.

MAHWAH, N.J. – In a special meeting held on January 19, the Ramapo College Board of Trustees approved an amendment to President Peter P. Mercer’s Employment Agreement. The amendment extended President Mercer’s term through June 30, 2021.

“I am pleased to share that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend President Mercer’s employment agreement through to 2021. We look forward to Dr. Mercer’s continued leadership as Ramapo approaches its 50th Anniversary,” said William F. Dator, Chair of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees.

The College will celebrate its 50th year in 2019.

“With the support of the Board of Trustees over the last five years, the College has maintained the lowest average tuition increase of all senior public colleges in New Jersey. Doing so has fostered Ramapo’s ability to attract and retain an increasingly diverse student body and to continuously develop our campus and our talented faculty to ensure we provide a liberal arts education that exceeds expectations,” said President Mercer, adding “I am very proud of all that the College and our students have achieved over the past decade and I am embracing the next three years as a providential opportunity to continue that important work.”

President Mercer became Ramapo College’s fourth president on July 1, 2005. During his tenure at Ramapo, the College has been increasingly regarded as a great value and a superior institution. Ramapo College has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the “Best Regional Universities in the North,” and by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as one of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”  In addition, in 2017, College Choice ranked Ramapo College as the number one public college in New Jersey.

President Mercer has been committed to working toward increasing diversity on campus, recognized  now in nearly 42 percent of the student population; and has been instrumental in expanding the College’s academic offerings and graduate programs which has seen an increase in recent years of more than 60 percent in advanced degrees conferred.

Over the past several years, President Mercer has led Ramapo College through an ambitious and transformative campus-wide building program that has resulted in the completion of the Anisfield School of Business, the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center, the Overlook and Laurel residence halls, the Sharp Sustainability Education Center, the Salameno Spiritual Center and the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.

The College has recently completed renovation to its academic complex that houses state-of-the-art science and research laboratories and other instructional and social space, in addition to ongoing projects across campus such as the new Padovano College Commons.  Ramapo is currently embarking on a $40 million project to renovate the library and create a transformative Learning Commons. “Having the right kind of place to study and reflect, to connect and collaborate, can inspire people to do their very best work. For the students of Ramapo College, our new Learning Commons will be that place,” said President Mercer.


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

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 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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