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Mission Element Team Biographies

Upcoming Events

Feb 15

State of the College

February 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mar 01

Remembrance Day

March 1, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mar 27

Communications Meeting

March 27, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


Susan Gaulden, PhD

Teaching & Learning Core

Dr. Susan Gaulden, Interim Provost and Vice President for Teaching, Learning, & Growth joined Ramapo College in 2019 as Vice Provost for Academic Programs. She leads the College’s Teaching and Learning Core inclusive of our five academic schools, Library and Learning Commons, Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Academic Assessment, and other units. Provost 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. Provost 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.


Virginia Galdieri, MBA

Operational Integration Core

Virginia A. Galdieri, Vice President for People Operations and Employee Resources, joined Ramapo College in 2018. VP Galdieri leads the Office of People Operations and Employee Resources and serves as Director of Employee Relations. She  began her career at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as an HR Business Partner focusing on recruitment, policy and organizational development. She later transitioned to the corporate sector serving as the Global Director for Innodata Isogen, Inc. (III), a leading data engineering company and a leader in knowledge process outsourcing and publishing services. While with III, VP Galdieri was responsible for all human resources activities in the United States, Europe and Israel. She transitioned to higher education in 2011 as the Executive Director of Human Resources and was later promoted to Vice President for Human Resources at Centenary University.  VP Galdieri is a certified coach through the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from Rutgers University. She earned her BS in Business Management from Saint Peter’s University and her MBA from Centenary University. She is certified in Title IX as a Coordinator, Administrator, and Investigator.


Kirsten Loewrigkeit, CPAMs. Kirsten DaSilva

Fiscal Health Core

Kirsten Loewrigkeit, C.P.A, Chief Financial Officer | Vice President for Fiscal Health | Acting Vice President for Operational & Administrative Integration joined Ramapo College in 2012. VP Loewrigkeit’s responsibilities include leadership of the College’s financial planning and budget management, accounting, payroll, procurement, facilities management, capital planning and construction, and information technology. She joined Ramapo in 2012 as 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, VP 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. Nicole Morgan AgardNicole Morgan Agard, Esq.

Executive Core

Nicole Morgan Agard, Chief Diversity Officer| Vice President for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance joined Ramapo College in August of 2015. Her responsibilities include leadership of the Department fo Public Safety; 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, and the President’s Staff Recognition Awards. Prior to joining Ramapo, VP 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. VP 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. VP 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).


Mr. Christopher RomanoChristopher Romano, EdD

Outreach & Engagement Core

Dr. Christopher Romano, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment, Outreach & Engagement | Executive Director of the RCNJ Foundation, joined Ramapo College in 2007. His portfolio includes leadership of the College’s recruitment, retention, development, and community outreach/engagement. VP Romano oversees the Development Team, Admissions, Center for Student Success, Marketing and Communications, Athletics, Degree Completion, Financial Aid, and serves as the Executive Director of the RCNJ Foundation. Prior to serving as Vice President, VP Romano enjoyed roles with Ramapo as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs and as Special Assistant to the College President. VP 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.


Melissa Van Der Wall

Student Well-being Core

Melissa Van Der Wall, Dean of Students | Vice President for Student Well-being, joined Ramapo College in 2004 as the Director of Student Conduct. In 2012, she served as the Director of Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator. Following, in 2014, she was appointed to a position, she describes as her “dream job”, as the Dean of Students. Dean Van Der Wall previously worked at Seton Hall University where she assumed her first professional role in Residence Life in 1999. Dean Van Der Wall leads the Student Well-being Core and is responsible for creating and maintaining a safe, healthy, and supportive campus environment for nearly 6,000 students. She has developed a vibrant, resourceful, and inclusive community within her direct areas of supervision: Residence Life, Student Conduct, Specialized Services, Health and Counseling Services, and the Center for Student Involvement. During her leadership, Ramapo’s residence halls have been recognized as #1 in New Jersey and top 2% in the country, the College is among the top ten in the nation for students with physical disabilities, and programs such as ENHANCE, Roadrunner Collegiate Recovery Program, and We Care have been established. In addition, Dean Van Der Wall’s service includes leadership of Name Committee, founding of the Office of Violence Prevention, and sharing her expertise before the Senate Higher Education Committee Legislative Hearing on Campus Sexual Assaults. She was acknowledged for her work in this latter area by being named one of the 2019 YWCA of Northern NJ’s Women of Influence. Dean Van Der Wall is noted for her Roadrunner school spirit. In 2020, she is credited with helping to install the College’s Fight Song. If you plan to enter her office wearing apparel from another higher education institution, be prepared to be “dressed by the Dean”, a campus tradition she started by giving away Ramapo branded clothes to students in order to promote Roadrunner school spirit.


Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, EdDgoldstein2012

Executive Core

Dr. Brittany A. Williams-Goldstein, Chief of Staff | Vice President for Policy, Research, and Governance| College Spokesperson, joined Ramapo College in 2010. Chief Williams-Goldstein leads the strategic development, implementation and coordination of Mission Element Team and Board activities as well as the coordination of the Office of the President and leadership of the College’s policy and institutional research activities. She also serves as College Spokesperson. During her tenure at Ramapo, she has served as a member of the Task Force on Shared Governance, Space Management and Allocation Committee, Administrative Assessment Committee, Campus Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee, and two Strategic Planning Task Forces. Chief 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 Chief Human Resources Officer and Designated School Official. 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. Chief Williams-Goldstein is also an advocate for the rare disease community, and a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Board Professionals Network of the Association of Governing Boards.



Operational Integration Core

Interim Vice President for Operational & Administrative Integration