Dr. Peter P. Mercer, Ramapo College of New Jersey’s fourth president, served as president from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2021. Prior to Ramapo, he previously served as dean of the law school and then as vice president (administration) and general counsel at the University of Western Ontario, where he was a professor of law.
Dr. Mercer has authored, co-authored and edited two books, numerous articles, book chapters and reviews. His most recent publications have focused on the legal profession and professional standards as well as the unique features of higher education administration. He earned his L.L.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from the University of Western Ontario.
For 20 years, he also has served as principal instructor in the Senior University Administrators Course held at the Banff Center, Banff Alberta, each June and he is a member of the faculty of the Harvard University Seminar for New Presidents held every July. He also served on the State of New Jersey’s 2015-16 College Affordability Study Commission. In addition to the higher education sector, Dr. Mercer’s service includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, and New Jersey Governor-elect Murphy’s Transition Team for Urban and Regional Growth.
During Dr. Mercer’s 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.
Over the past several years, Dr. 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 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, and is currently embarking on major renovations to the George T. Potter Library.
Dr. Mercer is married to Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert-Mercer.