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Introducing the 5th President of Ramapo College

Cindy R. Jebb, Ph.D., Named 5th President of Ramapo College of New Jersey

Cindy R. Jebb

Cindy R. Jebb, Ph.D.

At Ramapo College of New Jersey,  success comes from thinking, learning, creating, and living boldly. As we embark on a new era of challenge and opportunity, we proudly introduce Cindy R. Jebb, Ph.D. as the fifth President of Ramapo College.

On March 5, 2021, the Ramapo College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board and Professor of Comparative Politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Brigadier General of the United States Army, as the fifth president of Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Dr. Jebb will join the College on July 6, 2021.

“I would like to thank the Chair of the Board of Trustees Susan Vallario, the Board of Trustees, President Mercer, the Search Committee, and the Ramapo community for such a warm and gracious welcome. I am honored, humbled, and thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Ramapo community.,” Dr. Jebb shared. “I am inspired by the College’s mission of education, grounded in the liberal arts, and I deeply admire the passion, commitment, and talents of everyone I have met towards dignity and respect, character-building, and a student-focused powerful learning environment. All that is at stake in our nation and our world puts Ramapo’s mission and values in sharp focus, and I look forward to partnering with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater Ramapo community as together we chart the future,” she said.

President-elect Cindy R. Jebb, Ph.D.

Dr. Jebb retires from the U.S. Army this summer with the rank of Brigadier General after 39 years of service to the nation. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University, a M.A. in Political Science from Duke, an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  She has taught courses in Comparative Politics, International Security, International Relations, Cultural Anthropology, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, and Officership.  Additionally, Dr. Jebb has served in command and staff positions at home and abroad; conducted human security research in Africa; and completed study projects in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Author and co-author of three books, a recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Bard College, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Jebb served as Professor and Head of the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point before assuming the duties as Dean of the Academic Board there. She is married to Dr. Joel Jebb, and they have four adult children (including their daughter-in-law) and one grandchild. The Jebbs will be relocating to the Mahwah area.

More about Dr. Jebb…

The Search

Dr. Jebb was unanimously recommended to the Board of Trustees by the College’s 2021 Presidential Search Committee. The 15-member Committee, chaired by Susan A. Vallario, Chair of the Board, included trustees, students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The search process, which began in Fall of 2019 and concluded Spring of 2021, was highly iterative, community-centered, and focused on the best interest of the College at large. Chair Vallario provided regular communications to the College community, apprising members of the search progress via email, at Board of Trustees meetings, and on the College’s website. Myriad forums to gather feedback throughout the 18-month process provided opportunities across constituent groups to pose questions, share perspectives, and add value to the College’s search and recruitment efforts.

AGB Search, the external search firm selected to partner with the Presidential Search Committee, conducted a collaborative, campus-wide needs assessment which included a variety of listening sessions with members of the College. Results of the assessment informed the Position Profile as well as the advertisement/outreach campaign, which included inclusive recruitment strategies designed to attract candidates who embodied the forward-thinking, dynamic, and collaborative spirit of the College.

Semi-finalists participated in virtual confidential interviews with the Search Committee, and finalists participated in multi-day virtual visits which included private and public sessions as well as a Town Hall event with Q & A. Members of the College completed post-visit surveys of each candidate, the results of which were provided to the Board of Trustees. Upon review and discussion of the full record of the search process, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Cindy Jebb as the College’s fifth president.

Spirited and Proud Support

 “Dr. Jebb brings a wealth of diverse experiences, networks, and perspectives to Ramapo College. Her passion for the liberal arts, her commitment to inclusion and student success, her long-standing dedication to public service, and her infectious and inspiring enthusiasm for Ramapo’s future make her the ideal choice to lead our College through its next chapter.  On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, we are tremendously excited for the opportunity to collaborate with her.”

– Susan A. Vallario, Chair, Board of Trustees

“The story of Ramapo College has been one of which I am most proud to be a part. That story will continue and it will grow when Dr. Jebb steps into the presidency. Guided by her own lived experiences as a professor, a chief academic officer, and a military intelligence officer, I believe Dr. Jebb brings with her the stability, compassion, and strategic leadership that our students deserve and that our College requires to thrive in these complex times.” 

Peter P. Mercer, President