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.
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.
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.
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, M.A.
Mr. Patrick O’Connor, Government Relations Officer
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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 A. Williams-Goldstein, Ed.D.
Dr. Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, Chief of Staff and Board Liaison, 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 chairs the Space Management and Allocation Committee and the Administrative Assessment Committee. During her tenure at Ramapo, she has served as a member of the Campus Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee, Position Review 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. 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.