Skip to Office of the President site navigationSkip to main content

Upcoming Events

Wed 29

President’s State of the College Address

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Oct 27

President’s Advisory Council

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Nov 03

Remembrance Day

November 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Honoring the 20th Anniversary of September 11th 

Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11 a.m.

The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Sharp Theatre 


The Ramapo College community gathered together for a remembrance ceremony honoring the 20th Anniversary of September 11th.

This event featured remarks from keynote speaker, Jack Jacobs, Retired Colonel in the United States Army and Medal of Honor recipient. Colonel (Retired) Jacobs was the first speaker to serve in this year’s Presidential Speaker Series.

Additional event speakers included:

  • Ramapo College President Cindy R. Jebb, Ph.D.
  • Ramapo College Student Daniel Maher-Gurniak
  • New Jersey State Senator Holly T. Schepisi
  • Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, III
  • Mayor of Mahwah James J. Wysocki

The event concluded with a moment of silence at the Arch, and attendees were invited to join President Jebb and Colonel (Retired) Jacobs in the Padovano Commons for beverages and fellowship.

Jack Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, New York. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and entered the U.S. Army in 1966 as a Second Lieutenant through the ROTC program. He served as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, executive officer of an infantry battalion in the 7th Infantry Division, and commanded the 4th Battalion 10th Infantry in Panama. A member of the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy, Jacobs taught international relations and comparative politics, and he was a member of the faculty of the National War College in Washington, DC.

He was in Vietnam twice, both times as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions, earning three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest combat decoration. Jacobs retired as a Colonel.

He was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of AutoFinance Group Inc, one of the firms to pioneer the securitization of debt instruments; the firm was subsequently sold to Key Bank. He was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust, where he ran foreign exchange options worldwide and was a partner in the institutional hedge fund business. Jacobs subsequently founded a similar business for Lehman Brothers and then retired again.

He is a principal of The Fitzroy Group, a firm that specializes in the development of residential real estate in London and invests both for its own account and in joint ventures with other institutions, and he is the Director of Veterans’ Advancement at the New York Film Academy. He serves on a number of charitable boards of directors and is a Director Emeritus of the World War II Museum.

Jacobs is the Senior Fellow in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy and is the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers. An on-air analyst for NBC News, he was a member of the team that produced the 2011 Murrow Award-winning Nightly News segment “Iraq: The Long Way Out.” Colonel Jacobs is also the co-author of the memoir, If Not Now, When?, published by Penguin and winner of the Colby Award. His second work of non-fiction is Basic, released by St. Martin’s Press in 2012, and he is an Executive Producer of the series Ten Weeks, which will air on Hulu.