Author Archives: Jessica Perry

No. 9: Zakiya Smith Ellis (access required)

Zakiya Smith Ellis, former New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, current chief policy advisor to Gov. Phil Murphy - STATE OF NEW JERSEY

Smith Ellis took on her new job as the governor’s chief policy advisor in late June. Leading up to that, under her watch the office of Higher Education rolled out a litany of guidelines for how universities should operate during the pandemic: Whether they should allow students in their dorms and classrooms, how much teaching and instruction should be done online, how academic research could continue during the pandemic, and how universities should respond to potential outbreaks of the virus.

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Before the storm

concet of supporting corner shops: one open for business surrounded by others permanently closed

As we emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns, no one wants to consider additional misfortune befalling to their business. But, as we enter hurricane season, it's important to remember that with smart planning, you will be in a much better position to survive a natural disaster. By, NJ Business Action Center Manager of Small Business Advocacy Don Newman.

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No. 8: Annette C. Reboli (access required)

Annette C Reboli dean, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

The chief academic officer has ultimate responsibility for all areas of Cooper Medical School, with an insider credited her with moving the institution from an important local entity, to one that's recognized nationally.

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No. 4: Susan Cole (access required)

Susan Cole, president, Montclair State University.

Montclair State University is one of the few colleges in the state to both offer robust in-person instruction this fall and to allow students to live in dorms.

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Presenting the 2020 NJBIZ Education Power 50

NJBIZ 2020 Power 50 Education

Handling a public health emergency requires strong responses from a variety of institutions. The role played by educators and researchers in ongoing efforts against COVID-19 is reflected here, with the top ten, in particular, indicative of just how crucial universities and medical schools were in getting New Jersey through the worst of the pandemic and – residents hope – on the road to recovery.

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Education Power 50 A-H (access required)

NJBIZ 2020 Power 50 Education

Joel Bloom As president of a major anchor institution in the state’s largest city, Bloom has been head of an New Jersey Institute of Technology, an institute that’s tried to empower unrepresented, first-generation lower-income, typically minority New Jerseyans – especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Bloom himself has been intimately involved in the STEM field for ...

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No. 1: Perry Halkitis & Brian Strom (access required)

The dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health and the chancellor of Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences were handpicked by the Murphy administration to trail several hundred community contact tracers to isolate COVID-19 cases in order to prevent outbreaks.

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No. 10: Patrick Murray (access required)

Patrick Murray, director, Monmouth University Polling Institute

If he isn’t already, Murray will become a familiar face in New Jersey and around the country. And the Monmouth poll, which he runs, will be a fixture of the fall, providing an ongoing look at how the presidential campaign is evolving both nationally and in the all-important battleground states.

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No. 5: Dr. Andrew Brooks (access required)

Andrew Brooks, chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR Infinite Biologics.e - RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

He's the CEO of Infinity BiologiX, the former RUCDR Infinite Biologics lab at Rutgers' New Brunswick campus where the COVID-19 saliva test, which has made testing for the virus in certain populations much easier, was developed.

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No. 7: Bonita Stanton (access required)

In July, Hackensack Meridian Health celebrated the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s establishment as an independent entity after partnering with Seton Hall University to open the medical school three years ago. At the commemoration event on the school’s NutleyClifton campus at ON3, founding Dean Dr. Bonita Stanton, left, HMH Chief Executive Officer Robert Garrett, right, and Seton Hall President Joseph Nyre unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the school’s independence.

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s founding dean saw the institution through its biggest change yet this summer as it was established as an independent medical school after opening three years ago in partnership with Seton Hall.

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No. 2: Jonathan Holloway (access required)

Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway delivers remarks at SHI Stadium in Piscataway ahead of Gov. Phil Murphy's revised Fiscal Year 2021 budget address on Aug. 25, 2020.

In January, he was appointed as the 21st president of Rutgers University. In March, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. In July, he took over. From then on, he was in the hot seat to decide what sort of in-person system, if any, New Jersey’s largest public university would offer come September. And now here we are, and Rutgers is moving forward with mostly online classes.

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