Governor Chris Christie Names Members to the Governor’s Higher Education Council and UMDNJ Advisory Committee

Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Higher Education in New Jersey

Trenton, NJ - Underscoring his commitment to higher education, Governor Chris Christie today appointed members to both the Governor’s Higher Education Council and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Advisory Committee.  His appointments are part of the Administration’s continued focus on reforming the state’s higher education system and improving its overall quality and effectiveness.  Both the Council and the Advisory Committee came as a result of recommendations from the Higher Education Task Force, chaired by Governor Tom Kean, which made recommendations to the Governor earlier this year. 
“New Jersey’s institutions of higher education are invaluable assets that strengthen our state’s workforce quality and bolster the foundational industries of our economy.  Thanks to the work of Governor Tom Kean, we have a blueprint for continuing to ensure the strength, quality and effectiveness of higher education in New Jersey.  Now, through the Higher Education Council and UMDNJ Advisory Committee, these two important bodies will provide my Administration with recommendations, ongoing guidance for the long-term needs of higher education and the unique challenges facing graduate medical education,” said Governor Chris Christie.  “I want to thank the ten individuals for agreeing to serve.  They each have demonstrated a strong commitment to our state’s higher education system and are working to ensure that the state is known for our educational excellence.”

Governor’s Higher Education Council
Following through on the Higher Education Task Force’s recommendation, Governor Christie signed Executive Order No. 52 creating the Governor’s Higher Education Council.  The Council will serve as an advisory body to the Governor on all higher education matters and provide recommendations on statewide initiatives for the higher education system.
The Governor’s Higher Education Council will be chaired by John McGoldrick, who previously served on the Higher Education Task Force and is Chair of Zimmer Holdings, Inc. and members will include: Vice Chair Anne Evans Estabrook, Chief Executive of Elberon Development Co. and longtime college trustee; Patricia Nachtigal, former Vice Chair of Rutgers's Board of Governors; John Wefing, Esq., Law Professor at Seton Hall University; and Dr. Richard Wellbrock, former Chairman of Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees and Chairman of Hilltop Community Bank of Summit.  Each member will be appointed to a 5-year term.  These direct appointments by the Governor do not require Senate confirmation and each member will serve without compensation.
UMDNJ Advisory Committee
The UMDNJ Advisory Committee will examine the delivery of graduate medical education in the state and develop recommendations for the Governor on how to improve its delivery and remain competitive.  The Advisory Committee will also review the recommendations made by the Higher Education Task Force concerning graduate medical education and UMDNJ’s structure.  Specifically, the Advisory Committee will consider:
  • Whether Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the School of Public Health should be merged with Rutgers University’s New Brunswick-Piscataway campuses;
  • Whether UMDNJ’s Newark-based schools should be merged with any of the senior public higher education institutions in Newark;
  • Whether UMDNJ’s South Jersey-based school should be merged with any of the senior public higher education institutions in South Jersey;
  • The role and mission of University Hospital;
  • Whether NJIT should start its own medical school;
  • How graduate medical education should be delivered in South Jersey; and
  • Whether the various public nursing schools should be merged.

The UMDNJ Advisory Committee will be chaired by Dr. Sol J. Barer, Executive Chairman of Celgene and members will include: Robert E. Campbell, former Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson; Joyce Wilson Harley, Esq., Essex County Administrator; Anthony J. Perno III, Esq., President & CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Development Association, Inc., and Harold T. Shapiro, Ph.D., former President of Princeton University.  A final report to the Governor outlining the Advisory Committee’s recommendations is due no later than September 1, 2011.  As part of its work, the Advisory Committee will elicit public input from individuals, the UMDNJ community, medical and health care institutions, nonprofit organizations, and other interested parties. These direct appointments by the Governor do not require Senate confirmation and each member will serve without compensation. Upon the issuance of its final report, the Advisory Committee will expire.
Since taking office, Governor Christie has signed legislation that eases restrictions on public-private partnerships between higher education institutions and private entities for on-campus construction and building improvements. The Governor’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget proposal preserves the current level of support for higher education, after years of cuts, while increasing student aid programs by $20 million and providing $15 million for capital improvements at community colleges.
The UMDNJ Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Higher Education Council were Executive Orders No. 51 and No. 52.


Governor’s Higher Education Council Members’ Bios:
John L. McGoldrick (Princeton, NJ), Chair, Governor’s Higher Education Council
John L. McGoldrick is currently the Chairman of Zimmer Holdings, a NYSE listed company that is the leader in orthopedic reconstructive products. He is also Special Advisor to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), a global non-profit corporation. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and prior to working at Bristol-Myers Squibb was a Senior Partner at McCarter & English. Mr. McGoldrick currently serves as a trustee at Montclair State University and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Association of State Colleges and Universities (ASCU). He is also a Director of the Law School Board at Drexel University and was Special Evaluator at the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. Mr. McGoldrick was President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Harvard Law School Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Association, and a McCormick Lecturer at the University of Arizona Law School. He holds degrees from Harvard and the Harvard Law School.  Mr. McGoldrick previously served on the Higher Education Task Force
Anne Evans Estabrook (Cranford, NJ), Vice Chair, Governor’s Higher Education Council
Anne Evans Estabrook is the CEO of Elberon Development Co., a family-owned real estate holding company in northern New Jersey. Mrs. Estabrook has held numerous real estate industry leadership positions and was the first woman to serve as Chairman of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. She is a board member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and chairs its Audit Committee. Mrs. Estabrook received her Bachelor of Science degree and M.B.A. from Cornell University where she then served on its Board of Trustees for ten years.  She was a member of its Executive Committee and chaired the school's Buildings and Properties Committee. Currently, Mrs. Estabrook is a Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Councillor as well as an Overseer of the Cornell Medical School Board.  Additionally, she previously served a Vice Chairman of the Rutgers Business School Board of Advisors and is currently a member of the Kean University President’s Council and the China Council.

Patricia Nachtigal (Upper Montclair, NJ), Member, Governor’s Higher Education Council
Patricia Nachtigal served as Senior Vice President and General Council of Ingersoll-Rand Plc (holding company of Bobcat Company) since 2010 and a member of its Board of Directors from 2002 – June 2010. Ms. Nachtigal is a graduate of Montclair State University and the Rutgers School of Law-Newark. A resident of Upper Montclair, she is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Ms. Nachtigal has been a member of Rutgers Board of Trustees for 10 years, serving as chair in 2003-2004.  Ms. Nachtigal is an advisory trustee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater North Jersey Chapter. She formerly served on the United States Trade Representatives Trade Advisory Committee on Africa.  She also earned a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1976 and a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1982.

John B. Wefing (Montclair, NJ), Member, Governor’s Higher Education Council
John B. Wefing has been a Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law for the past 40 years. He has taught numerous courses dealing with the New Jersey Constitution and the New Jersey Court System. He has also written several law review articles throughout his tenure. During his time at Seton Hall he has served as associate dean and acting dean. He has received many awards including the Young Lawyer of the Year from the New Jersey State Bar Association and the McQuade Medal presented for outstanding contributions to Seton Hall University. He was twice selected as Professor of the Year by the student body. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of Mount Saint Dominic Academy for his work on its board. He is “of counsel” to the firm of Waters McPherson McNeill in Secaucus. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep and College and he earned his law degree from Catholic University and his Masters in Law from New York University.

Dr. Richard Wellbrock (Watchung, NJ), Member, Governor’s Higher Education Council
Dr. Richard Wellbrock is the retired President of Wellbrock, Inc., a management consulting firm and a certified member of the Institute of Management Consultants.  He the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for both the Industry Leaders Fund, an SEC registered mutual fund, and the Hilltop Community Bank based in Summit. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Wellbrock served as a Trustee, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman of Raritan Valley Community College. Previously, Dr. Wellbrock served on the New Jersey Council of County Colleges as a Trustee Delegate, Vice Chair, and served as Chairman. He has also been a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 1997, Dr. Wellbrock completed his doctoral dissertation on “The Retention of Black Male Students in the Community College System of New Jersey.”


University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Advisory Committee Members’ Bios:
Sol J. Barer, Ph.D (Mendham, Morris), Chair, UMDNJ Advisory Committee
Dr. Sol Barer is the Executive Chairman of Celgene, one of the world's largest biotechnology companies. He was Chief Executive Officer from May 2006 until June 2010 when he transitioned to his current position. Previously he was appointed President in 1993, and Chief Operating Officer and Director in 1994 before assuming the CEO position. He also served as Senior Vice President, Science and Technology, and Vice President/ General Manager of Chiral Products, from October 1990 to October 1993, and Vice President, Technology, from September 1987 to October 1990. Dr. Barer joined the Celanese Research Company in 1974 and formed the Biotechnology group that was subsequently spun off to form Celgene.  Dr. Barer also serves on the Board of Directors of Amicus Therapeutics, the Board of Trustees of BioNJ, the Board of the Brooklyn College Foundation, the Rutgers University Board of Trustees, and the Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association. He has previously served as a Commissioner of the NJ Commission on Science and Technology.  Dr. Barer received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University and a B.S. from Brooklyn College.

Robert E. Campbell (North Brunswick, Middlesex), Member, UMDNJ Advisory Committee
Robert Campbell is the retired Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, who spent his 40-year career spearheading revolutionary developments for the pharmaceutical giant. On his watch, the company debuted innovative medical advances such as Acuvue disposable contact lenses, the life-saving cardiovascular stent and minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. Mr. Campbell also developed Johnson & Johnson's interests in Europe, Africa and Asia.  A Trustee Emeritus of Fordham University, Mr. Campbell was a senior in the College of Business Administration when Johnson & Johnson recruited him in 1955.  From 1992 to 1998, he chaired the Board of Trustees. Mr. Campbell and his wife, Joan, made a gift of $10 million to Fordham, one of the largest gifts in University history.  After retiring from Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Campbell chaired the board of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 1999 to 2005 and is now Trustee Emeritus. While on the board, he guided initiatives that supported smoking cessation, healthy communities and access to quality health care. Mr. Campbell Chairs the Advisory Council of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  Mr. Campbell previously served on the Higher Education Task Force.
Joyce Wilson Harley, Esq. (West Orange, Essex), Member, UMDNJ Advisory Committee
Joyce Harley is an attorney specializing in community development, economic development, and public policy. She was appointed the Essex County Administrator in 2005, making history as the first woman ever to hold the position. In 2004, Ms. Harley was appointed Chair of the county's Disparity Study Commission and elected to the Board of Trustees of the Essex County Economic Development Corporation, where she chaired the Legal and Finance Committee. Prior to joining Essex County, Ms. Harley served as the Executive Director of the Newark Downtown District, New Jersey's largest Special Improvement District and the New Jersey Multi City LISC, where she oversaw community and economic development projects in 14 of New Jersey's most economically challenged municipalities. Her emphasis on public policy engagement was instrumental in getting a new Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit law which generated $20 million in new investment in New Jersey's most distressed cities. Ms. Harley was the first African-American elected to the South Orange City Council where she also served as mayor. Ms. Harley is the immediate past President of the Board of Trustees of the Newark Emergency Services for Families, the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey (President's Council), and the Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is an honors graduate of Douglass College and Rutgers School of Law-Newark and was inducted into the Douglass Society in 2003.

Anthony J. Perno III, Esq. (Merchantville, Camden), Member, UMDNJ Advisory Committee
Anthony Perno graduated from The College of New Jersey in 1998 with a Bachelors in Political Science and Economics and he received his Law Degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden in 2005. Since joining Cooper’s Ferry Development Association, Inc. staff as a Project Manager in 1999, he has developed and administered several major infrastructure initiatives including the Interior Gateway Initiative,  which was a $50 million planning and infrastructure rehabilitation project targeted at updating and replacing dilapidated infrastructure throughout downtown Camden. In 2005, Mr. Perno was promoted to Vice President and COO where he assisted then CEO Tom Corcoran to expand the mission of the organization from a single purpose development organization into a city-wide economic and community development corporation. Mr. Perno serves on the Camden County Open Space Commission and is also the Assistant Program Director for the Northeastern YMCA Model United Nations Program and the Program Director for the YMCA New Jersey Youth & Government Program.
Harold T. Shapiro, Ph.D. (Princeton, Mercer), Member, UMDNJ Advisory Committee
Dr. Harold T. Shapiro was Princeton University's 18th president. Dr. Shapiro received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton in 1964 and holds a faculty appointment as a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. A trustee of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (where he is Chair of the Board), the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, the Universities Research Association, and the Educational Testing Service, he also serves as a Director of the Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Shapiro is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In July 1996, Shapiro was appointed by President Clinton to Chair the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. From 1990 to 1992, he was a member of President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He has also chaired the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Employer-Based Health Benefits. Dr. Shapiro received his Bachelor's degree from McGill University in 1956. After five years in business, he enrolled in the Graduate School at Princeton and earned his Ph.D. in three years. Dr. Shapiro was a member of the University of Michigan faculty in the Department of Economics from 1964 to 1988 and served as a research scientist at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and at the Institute of Public Policy Studies. In 1977, he was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chairman of the Committee on Budget Administration. He also served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the University of Michigan Hospitals. In 1980, he was elected President of the University of Michigan and Chairman of its Board of Regents.


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