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Brian Strom

No. 2: Brian Strom

As the pandemic took hold in New Jersey, the chancellor of Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences took a leading role in the state's contact tracing program along with its study on COVID-19’s effect on health care workers,

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2021 NJBIZ Education Power 50

Presenting the 2021 NJBIZ Education Power 50

Someday, in what everyone hopes will be the not-too-distant future, NJBIZ will publish a power list that does not reflect the exigencies of a deadly global pandemic. That day has not arrived and the selections for this year’s Education Power 50, especially the top 10, were influenced by the ongoing public health emergency.

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Sean Spiller, president, NJEA.

No. 10: Sean Spiller

He's the new president of the New Jersey Education Association, a union perhaps unmatched in power among labor groups. As head of the state’s largest teacher’s union, he'll channel that power from offices directly across the street from the Statehouse in Trenton.

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Perry Halkitis, dean, Rutgers University's School of Public Health.

No. 1: Perry Halkitis

In the early days of the pandemic, the dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health was handpicked by the Murphy administration to lead the effort to trace the spread of the virus. In the months since, he's become one of the leading sources of information about the pandemic and the efforts to bring it to an end.

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