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Ramapo College of New Jersey Appoints New Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Dr. Stefan Becker

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Ramapo College of New Jersey Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Stefan Becker as the College’s next Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2018.

“Dr. Becker brings to Ramapo a distinguished record in teaching, scholarship and administrative leadership as well as an unimpeachable enthusiasm for the mission, values and pillars of our College,” said Ramapo President Peter P. Mercer. “I look forward to working together with campus constituents in the weeks ahead to ensure that his transition in leadership advances thoughtfully.”

Dr. Becker comes to Ramapo from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, New York, where he served most recently as Vice Provost for Academic Programs as well as professor of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences. Previously he taught at the Graduate Center of CUNY in New York City and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Prior to that, he was a full-time researcher and lecturer of geography at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

“What most attracted me to Ramapo was the emphasis on student success,” said Dr. Becker. “I am excited to be joining an institution that values every student as an individual and not just a number.”

He added that he is very impressed with the academic offerings, international programs and focus on preparing students for their lives after college.

“And I think it’s wonderful for students to learn in such a beautiful campus setting and have the advantage of all that New York City offers just a short ride away,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being here at Ramapo and working with Dr. Mercer, the Board, administration, faculty and students.”

Dr. Becker completed his post-doctorate work in Human Bioclimatology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; he received his doctorate in Natural Sciences and Geography at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, where he also studied Chemistry and Geography (majors) and Physics, Psychology and education (minors) for state examination, the equivalent of a master’s program.

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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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