Susan Gaulden, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Gaulden, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, joined Ramapo College in 2019 as Vice Provost for Academic Programs. Dr. Gaulden has an impressive track record in institutional planning and assessment. Gaulden previously served as Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director of Institutional Planning & Assessment at Essex County College where she was the Accreditation Liaison Officer and successfully facilitated efforts to reaffirm the college’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education unsanctioned accreditation status. She also established and implemented college-wide training to fully support faculty in embracing assessment of student learning outcomes as well as the general education program. Gaulden has also served as an academic advisor, recruiter and special lecturer at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from NJIT and Rutgers University, and both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Angela Cristini, Ph.D.
Dr. Angela Cristini, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director/Ex-Officio of the Ramapo College Foundation, joined the College in 1978 as Assistant Professor of Biology. Over the years she was promoted to Professor of Biology and has enjoyed roles as Director of the Master of Science in Educational Technology Program and Director of Education at the Meadowlands Environment Center. In 2012 she joined Institutional Advancement and was later promoted to Assistant Vice President for Grants and Sponsored Programs. Dr. Cristini’s portfolio includes leadership of annual and capital fund-raising; corporate and foundation relations; grants and sponsored programs, alumni development, and constituent relations. Invited by the National Academy of Sciences, she served on the Committee on Informal Science Learning under the direction of National Research Council and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. She has served as the P.I. of several grants awarded to the college in the areas of science education, undergraduate research, and sustainability. She earned her B.A. from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. from the City University of New York.
Kirsten Loewrigkeit, C.P.A.
Ms. Kirsten Loewrigkeit, C.P.A, Vice President for Administration and Finance, joined Ramapo College in 2012. Ms. Loewrigkeit’s responsibilities include oversight of the College’s financial planning and budget management, accounting, payroll, procurement, facilities management, capital planning and construction, information technology, and human resources. She joined Ramapo in 2012 as Comptroller in Institutional Advancement and Chief Financial Officer of the Ramapo College Foundation. During her tenure at Ramapo, she has served as a member of the Position Review Committee and the President’s Committee on Campus Sustainability. Prior to joining the College, Ms. Loewrigkeit spent much of her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She earned her B.A. from Montclair State University, is a certified public accountant in New Jersey, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Loewrigkeit is highly detail-oriented, a quality that has served her well in managing the College’s financial portfolio but has been slightly to the chagrin of her two sons.
Nicole Morgan Agard, Esq.
Ms. Nicole Morgan Agard, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer, joined Ramapo College in August of 2015. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Office of Affirmative Action & Workplace Compliance; the Office of Title IX, ADA & Compliance Training; and the Office of Equity & Diversity Programs. She has served on several College Committees including: Position Review, Institutional Policy, Student Complaints, and the President’s Staff Recognition Awards. Prior to joining Ramapo, Ms. Morgan Agard held the position of Employee Relations Coordinator at the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Employee Relations and prior to that, she served as Associate Counsel for the Elizabeth Board of Education. Ms. Morgan Agard began her career as a Labor & Employment Litigation Associate at a law firm based in Newark, NJ and subsequently served as a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Morgan Agard, a Rockland County native, is admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey and is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey. Ms. Morgan Agard received her B.A. in Political Science and African/African-American studies from Binghamton University and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. She is a graduate of the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA) and she lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and son. Ms. Morgan Agard has been described by colleagues as thoughtful and deliberative, a compliment that, years later, she is still steadfastly contemplating and exploring.
Patrick O’Connor ’80, M.A.
Mr. Patrick O’Connor ’80, Government Relations Officer, joined Ramapo College full-time in July of 2018, after a public service career spanning over four decades. His current responsibilities include representing Ramapo College while working with federal, state and local government officials. He works closely with the Student Government Association to engage students in advocacy efforts while providing them the opportunity to become active members in the legislative process. A disability rights advocate, he helped establish the casino revenue funded New Jersey paratransit system and he successfully convinced the Port Authority of NYNJ to make the PATH rail system accessible by providing elevator access to select train stations. While working for the Hudson County Executive he organized many stakeholders to ensure the establishment of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line. As the Chief of Staff to the NJ General Assembly Democratic Leader he played an instrumental role in laws that mandated insurance companies provide 48- hour post birth hospital stay coverage as well as laws mandating booster seats for children up to eight years old. As Assistant State Treasurer for Legislative Affairs and Chief of Staff to the State Treasurer, Pat oversaw the daily operations of over 3,000 full time employees. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the Garden State Preservation Fund and New Jersey Transit. Pat is no stranger to Ramapo having served as an adjunct professor since the 1990’s. A 1980 Ramapo College Alumni, he was a member of the College Alumni Association Board of Directors during which time he helped establish the D. Bennett Mazur Scholarship Fund. He has a B.A in Environmental Studies from Ramapo College, spent a year at Mississippi State University, in their initial Small Town Studies Masters’ program and went on to earn his M.A in Environmental Management from Montclair State University.
Christopher Romano, Ed.D.
Dr. Christopher Romano, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, joined Ramapo College in 2007. His portfolio includes leadership of the College’s Strategic Enrollment Management Plan and the recruitment and retention initiatives therein. Dr. Romano oversees College Admissions, the Center for Student Success (which is inclusive of career and academic advisement, first-year experience, the Educational Opportunity Fund, the Center for Reading and Writing and placement testing), marketing and communications, Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation, degree completion, specialized services, financial aid, student activities, student conduct, health and counseling services, public safety, and residence life operations. Prior to serving as Vice President, Dr. Romano enjoyed roles with Ramapo as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and as Special Assistant to the College President. Dr. Romano’s research has focused on strategic enrollment management, the College presidency, and executive leadership. He has presented nationally on strategic enrollment management, student engagement, marketing/branding in the context of enrollment management, and developing institutional models for student success as well as presenting to both new and advanced chiefs of staff on the role within the context of higher education and leadership development. He earned his Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, his Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University and his B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Romano’s high energy level is routinely noted by his colleagues– to this end, he is no longer permitted to consume caffeinated beverages during the work day.
Michael A. Tripodi, Esq.
Mr. Michael A. Tripodi, Vice President and General Counsel, joined Ramapo College in 2014. In addition to his duties as the College’s chief legal officer, Mr. Tripodi serves as the College’s Ethics Liaison Officer. In his role as General Counsel he is also responsible for the handling of all tort claim notices. Prior to joining Ramapo, Mr. Tripodi served as University Counsel and Ethics Liaison Officer at Kean University from 2003 to 2014. He has presented to student groups on “Ethics in the Workplace” and facilitates College-wide ethics training and compliance. Mr. Tripodi has completed trainings focused on workplace bullying, recusal and disqualification, and cyber security. He earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University’s School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science also from Seton Hall University and is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association. While Mr. Tripodi thoroughly enjoys losing himself in voluminous pages of contracts and legalese, he also enjoys the occasional breath of fresh air that, much to his son’s delight, is afforded to him as little league coach.
Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, Ed.D.
Dr. Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, Chief of Staff and Board Liaison, College Spokesperson, joined Ramapo College in 2010. Dr. Williams-Goldstein serves as the primary liaison to the President’s Cabinet and the Board of Trustees. She is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and coordination of Cabinet and Board activities as well as the coordination of the Office of the President. She also serves as College Spokesperson. She leads the Space Management and Allocation Committee and the Administrative Assessment Committee. During her tenure at Ramapo, she has served as a member of the Task Force on Shared Governance, Campus Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee, Position Review Committee, Middle States Steering Committee, and two Strategic Planning Task Forces. Dr. Williams-Goldstein began her professional career as a journalist and later transitioned into higher education as an instructor of Spanish and English as a Second Language. She has also fulfilled roles as Designated School Official, chief human resources officer, and secretary to the governing board. Her research focuses on the intersections of governance, professional authority, and trusteeship. She has presented nationally on board of trustees development and was awarded the Professional Board Staff Member Award (Northeast) by the Association of Community College Trustees. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Rowan University, her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. in Communications/Spanish from William Paterson University. She is a graduate of the Chair Academy for Leadership, is certified in Affirmative Action Complaint Processing, and is a trained Title IX investigator. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Board Professionals Network of the Association of Governing Boards. Dr. Williams-Goldstein has two children who, while charming, are rather verbose—a quality certainly engendered by their mother.