Members of the President’s Cabinet scooped ice cream for College employees at an Ice Cream Social in August.
Stefan Becker, Dr. rer. nat.
Dr. Stefan Becker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, joined Ramapo College in 2018 after several years at Herbert H. Lehman College where he was Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Professor of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences. He has provided leadership in curriculum and program development, institutional planning, assessment and accreditation. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin and spent several years teaching and conducting research as a physical geographer in Germany, South Africa, China, Tibet, and Israel. His research is focused on climate change, extreme weather, air pollution, and human bioclimatology. He has collaborated with international scholars on research focused on: the distribution of air pollution from coal-fired power stations and their impact on humans in South Africa, heat-stress in Israel, regional impacts of climate change in Wisconsin, and wind energy potential in Germany. He has authored 40+ papers, has served as a reviewer for numerous publications in atmospheric and hydrologic science journals, and is frequently invited to present his research at conferences around the world. Dr. Becker received his post-doctorate habilitation in Geography and his doctorate in Natural Sciences and Geography at the Justus Liebig University in 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. Engaging in “small talk” with Provost Becker about the weather would be largely oxymoronic, conversationalists might choose instead to raise with him the topic of rock and roll music.
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 served as Controller with Community Education Centers and 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 teenage sons.
Cathleen Davey, M.A.
Ms. Cathleen Davey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director/Ex-Officio of the Ramapo College Foundation, joined the College in 1993. Ms. Davey’s portfolio includes leadership of annual and capital fund-raising; corporate and foundation relations; alumni development, constituent relations; and events and conferences. She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, National Planned Giving Council, and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Ms. Davey has twice been named to the CASE Circle of Excellence for Educational Fund Raising. She serves on the Board of the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce and is its past president. Ms. Davey also enjoys leadership roles on the School Advisory Board at her children’s school. Prior to joining Ramapo, she directed development and alumni relations operations at Seton Hall University. Ms. Davey earned a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Public and Corporate Communications from Seton Hall University. While Ms. Davey appears to spend 24 hours a day on the Ramapo campus, she has been occasionally spotted along the Jersey shore with her family.
Nicole Morgan Agard, Esq.
Ms. Nicole Morgan Agard, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer and Director of Employee Relations, joined Ramapo College in August of 2015. She has been a member of several College Committees including: Diversity Action Committee, Position Review, Institutional Policy, Student Complaints, and the President’s Staff Recognition Awards. Prior to joining Ramapo, Nicole served as an Employee Relations Coordinator in the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Employee Relations and was employed at the Elizabeth Board of Education as Associate Counsel. Nicole began her career at Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey, LLP (now known as McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP), where she held the position of Associate in the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group. She subsequently served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Employment Litigation section of 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 New Jersey State Bar Association. She 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 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, months later, she is still steadfastly contemplating and exploring.
Christopher Romano, Ed.M.
Mr. 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. Mr. Romano oversees the College’s admissions, career and academic advisement, Educational Opportunity Fund, specialized services, financial aid, student activities, student conduct, health and counseling services, marketing and communications, public safety, and residence life operations. Prior to serving as Vice President, Mr. Romano enjoyed roles with Ramapo as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and as Special Assistant to the College President. Mr. Romano has presented nationally on strategic enrollment management, student engagement, marketing/branding in the context of enrollment management, and developing institutional models for student success. He earned an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. 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 Williams-Goldstein, Ed.D.
Ms. Brittany Williams-Goldstein, Chief of Staff and Board Liaison, joined Ramapo College in 2010. Ms. 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 chairs the Space Management and Allocation Committee. During her tenure at Ramapo, she has served as a member of the Campus Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee, Position Review Committee, and the Strategic Planning Task Force. Ms. 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 executive assistant to the president. 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 M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Communications/Journalism 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. Ms. Williams-Goldstein has two children who, while charming, are rather verbose—a quality certainly engendered by their mother.