The College of New Jersey installed its 16th president, Kathryn Foster, on May 3 in a ceremony in the Student Recreation Center.
“You now have the privilege and responsibility of leading the college to the fulfillment of its great promise for years to come,” Susanne Svizeny, chair of TCNJ’s board of trustees said. “May you preserve the wonderful sense of community that is The College of New Jersey, and continue to foster the realization that there is strength in diversity.”
“I cannot wait to plan with you, to explore where we have been, where we are, and where we are going,” Foster told more than 700 members of the TCNJ community, who joined her family, friends, and colleagues from across the academy for the occasion. “Here’s to three tenses at once, in our time, in this place, for tradition, for tomorrow, for TCNJ.”
She challenged the TCNJ community to consider what it wants to preserve from its past and draw upon from its present to create its ideal future.
“We bring personal connections and shared experiences, a tenacity to take on big projects that make a difference, an ethos that values engagement, ideas, and one another, and a character that is honest, motivated, considerate, and ambitious,” said Foster, a native of Verona who was named TCNJ’s president on March 27, 2018 and officially began her tenure on July 1, 2018.
The ceremony featured greetings from the campus, local, state, and academic communities. Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet spoke on behalf of Gov. Phil Murphy, Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith-Ellis, and the state of New Jersey.
“As a distinguished institution, TCNJ continues to break the mold and produce world-renowned leaders,” said Repollet, a 1994 alumnus of the college. “With the inauguration of Kathryn Foster, I’m excited to see the amazing opportunities and experiences that the college will continue to offer its students.”
TCNJ Student Government President Brooke Chlebowski ’19 offered thanks to Foster on behalf of the student body for energizing the campus community with her willingness to engage with students of all years, majors, and backgrounds.
“The College of New Jersey is extremely fortunate to have a leader with the energy, intellect, compassion, and dedication that is exhibited through every obstacle and opportunity you have experienced,” Chlebowski said. “Welcome to our community of scholars, researchers, athletes, artists, performers, advocates, leaders, daydreamers, and lions. Welcome to blue and gold.”