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President’s Post #106: State of the College Address, February 2017

On February 8, 2017, President Mercer delivered his State of the College Address. Below is a summary of that address.

The world appears as a different place than when we last met. It is as if everything has been turned upside down. America suddenly seems divided into two solitary groups: the first made up of avid supporters of the new Administration and its ideas for change, and the second comprised of equally ardent opponents.

Much has already been written about why this occurred and I do not intend to add my conjecture to the pile. My obligation— our obligation – is to move forward. In that respect, I am heartened. Studies have shown that whereas only 25% of the population is satisfied with the direction the country is going, a full 60% are satisfied with the state of affairs in their own communities.

Our best hope for the future lies in devoting our best energies to the unique community that is Ramapo College. Without that devotion, we run the risk of becoming less competitive at a time when the underlying forces are marshaling against us. Now is the time to re-assert the primary virtues of a Liberal Arts education and Ramapo College’s fundamental commitment to our students.

I believe we should view this as a tremendous opportunity. People of character often tend to thrive in the face of diversity.



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President's Cabinet (Details)

Peter Philip Mercer, L.L.B., Ph.D.
Phone: (201) 684-7607

Beth E. Barnett, Ed.D.
Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: (201) 684-7529

Kirsten DaSilva, C.P.A.
Vice President of Administration and Finance
Phone: (201) 684-7621

Cathleen Davey, M.A.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Executive Director of the Ramapo Foundation
Phone: (201) 684-7611

Nicole Morgan Agard, Esq. 
Chief Equity and Diversity Officer, Director of Employee Relations
Phone: (201) 684-7503

Christopher Romano, Ed.M
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Phone: (201) 684-7309

Michael A. Tripodi, Esq.
Vice President & General Counsel
Phone: (201) 684-6975

Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, M.S.Ed.
Chief of Staff & Board Liaison
Phone: (201) 684-7609

President's Office Staff (Details)

Patricia Chavez, M-208
Director of Internal Audit and Custodian of Public Records; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-7622; E-mail:

Marie Ciampi, M-215
Secretarial Assistant; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-7537

Janet Faber, D-107
Assistant Director of Employee Relations/Deputy Ethics Liaison Officer; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-7504; E-mail:

Anna Farneski, M-209
Assistant Vice President of Government Relations; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-6844

Sara Gazzillo, M-202
Executive Assistant to the President; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-7610

Adrienne Lioy, D-103
Office Assistant; Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance
Phone: (201) 684-6693

Kat McGee, ASB017
Title IX Coordinator/Director of Compliance; Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance
Phone: (201) 684-7220

Nicole Morgan Agard, D-106
Chief Equity and Diversity Officer/Director of Employee Relations; Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance
Phone: (201) 684-7503

Stephanie A. Scheeler, CMP, M202A
Event Planner, Presidential Facilities and Special Events; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-7850

Michael A. Tripodi, Esq., M206
Vice President & General Counsel; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-6975

Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, M202
Chief of Staff & Board Liaison; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-7609

John Woods, Lodge 122
College Ombudsperson; Office of the President
Phone: (201) 684-7804