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» Dr. Kathryn A. (Kate) Foster Biography
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The robing of delegates and those in the platform party will begin at approximately 1:30pm in the Social Sciences Building.
The procession will begin at 2pm with parties walking to the Recreation Center from the Social Sciences Building. The ceremony will follow in the Recreation Center.
Following the ceremony the celebration will continue at a reception in Brower Student Center and on Green Lawn starting at 3pm.
A press riser and mult box will be available to media in the Recreation Center for the ceremony.
The event will be simulcast on TCNJ’s website, TCNJ.edu. Media are permitted to use any clips or footage from the webcast.
Media parking is available in LOT 12.
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Dr. Kathryn A. (Kate) Foster became the 16th president of The College of New Jersey in 2018.
A native of New Jersey and a scholar-educator with over thirty-five years of experience in public higher education, Foster comes to TCNJ from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) where she served as president from 2012 to 2018. Prior to the presidency, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, on research leave from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her academic home from 1993 to 2012.
Foster earned her BA in geography from The Johns Hopkins University, her MCP (city planning) from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in public and international affairs from Princeton University.
An overarching aim of Foster’s first year at TCNJ has been to clarify the college’s institutional priorities and align the relevant pieces – strategy, budget, capital investment plan, and programming – to ensure that the institution is making the most responsible and wise choices for today and tomorrow. This has involved the introduction of a new budget process to better align investment plans with priorities, and the development of key performance indicators to monitor progress.
Foster has placed particular emphasis on building a more inclusive community at TCNJ. The creation of a Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; formation of a Bias Response Team; and the development of new education and advocacy programs are among the early achievements.
Previously, under Foster’s leadership, UMF turned around a five-year decline in enrollment, bolstered experiential education, and aligned programming and investment through the university strategic plan, campus master plan, recruitment and retention plan, advancement plan, and marketing plan. With renewed attention to campus facilities, UMF refurbished its gymnasium, created a student learning commons, improved classroom spaces and lounges, upgraded residence halls, and built a biomass heat plant, which, together with geothermal wells, significantly reduced campus dependency on fossil fuels.
A fully engaged administrator and frequent public speaker, Foster established The Public Classroom, UMF’s speaker series bridging university and community, expanded university governance, and energized the university’s Board of Visitors.
She worked closely with the University of Maine System Chancellor and Trustees to map strategic directions for the public higher education system in Maine. Foster served as chair of the presidents’ council of the North Atlantic (athletic) Conference, chair of the strategic plan committee of the Council of Public Liberal Arts College, and member of the boards of the Greater Franklin Development Corporation and JMG (formerly Jobs for Maine’s Graduates). In 2016 Foster was named by Maine magazine as one of the “50 People Charting the Future of Maine.”
Foster is the author of The Political Economy of Special-Purpose Government (1997), Regionalism on Purpose (2001), and dozens of book chapters, articles, and policy reports. She participated actively on several New York State task forces, including the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, and was selected by Business First in 2007 as its Woman of Influence in Public Policy. Earlier in her career, Foster was a lecturer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, and, in 2000-2001, as Visiting Fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University.
Foster is a member of the boards of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the New Jersey Athletic Conference. She enjoys golf, hiking, photography, maps, road trips, theater, old books, writing, bicycle riding, visiting state capitols, and attending cultural and athletic events of all kinds.
Tickets aren’t required for the ceremony, but seating in the Rec Center is based on availability. Please arrive early. A simulcast of the inauguration will also be carried live in Mayo Concert Hall. All are welcome.
This event is being planned by an inaugural committee, as charged by the TCNJ Board of Trustees.
Board of Trustees
Susanne Svizeny, Chair
Rebecca A. Ostrov, Vice Chair
Robert A. Altman
Jorge A. Caballero
Carl R. Gibbs
Eleanor V. Horne
Juan Carlos Belmonte, Student Representative Trustee
Rajbir Toor, Alternate Student Representative Trustee
Jana Gevertz, Faculty Representative
David Prensky, Faculty Representative
Timothy Grant, Staff Representative
Valerio Ungarini, Staff Representative
Kathryn A. Foster, President, Ex-Officio
Rebecca Ostrov ’02, Co-Chair
Heather Fehn ’94 ‘96, Co-Chair
Scott Allen ’07
Kim Brandley ’90
Brooke Chlebowski ’19
Carl Gibbs ’93
Rosie Hymerling ’67
Karen Roth ’80
Peter Simons ’98
Niki Taneja ’19
The procession will begin at 2 p.m. and follow two routes—one for student delegates and staff, the other for faculty, institutional delegates, and the president’s party. Use the map below to find your ideal viewing location!
Brower Student Center, Room 225
Brower Student Center, Room 225
Student Recreation Center
Brower Student Center
Social Sciences Building
Travers and Wolfe Hall Lounge
Brower Student Center Atrium
Cromwell Hall Lounge
The Recreation Center is accessible for wheelchairs. Anyone needing sightline to the sign language interpreter should contact Conference and Event Services at 609.771.2361 for accessible seating reservations.
Wheelchairs can be rented at the medical supply companies below. For further information regarding pick up and return, please call the vendors.
Delcrest Medical Supplies
Monroe Medical Supplies
Golf carts are available to transport mobility-impaired guests to desired campus locations.
Only vehicles bearing state-issued handicapped license plates and/or window placards will be permitted to park in the designated special needs parking areas. Vehicles without handicapped plates will be permitted to drop off aged or disabled guests/passengers at Trenton Hall Circle (see map), where your party can be escorted to the ceremony via golf cart.
The Ceremony will have a sign language interpreter. Reserved seating with a sight line to the interpreter can be arranged by contacting Conference and Event Services at 609.771.2361.
Campus Police will direct guests to designated parking areas. Mobility-impaired guests may be dropped off at Trenton Hall Circle. Golf carts are available to transport guests to desired campus locations.
Directions to TCNJ
The inauguration of Dr. Foster will be webcast for those who are unable to join us at the event or at one of the campus viewing locations. The live stream will be accessible from the college’s homepage: www.tcnj.edu. It will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m. (15 minutes prior to the start of procession.)
TCNJ has reserved a block of rooms for attendees at Springhill Suites, 1000 Charles Ewing Blvd, Ewing Township, NJ. Call: (609) 530-0900
A sampling of local dining options near campus:
Landmark Americana, 400 Campus Town Drive, #600 Ewing, (609) 403-6963
Mexican Mariachi, 600 Campus Town Drive, Suite 302, Ewing, (609) 620-8265
Panera, 900 Lion Road, Ewing, (609) 403-7081
Piccolo Pronto, 100 Campus Town Circle Ste. 101, Ewing, (609) 963-4200
Red Berry, 200 Campus Town Circle Ste. 200A, Ewing, (609) 883-0043
Yummy Asian Cuisine, 600 Campus Town Drive, Suite 303, Ewing, (609) 883-8889
Blooming Grove Inn, 234 W. Upper Ferry Road, Ewing, (609) 882-1150
Cafe ’72, 72 W Upper Ferry Road, Ewing, 609-882-0087
East Sushi, 43 Scotch Rd, Ewing, (609) 771-4499
Erini Restaurant, 1140 River Road, Ewing, (609) 882-0303
Firkin Tavern, 1400 Parkway Ave., Ewing, (609) 771-0100
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 7 Scotch Road, Ewing, (609) 882-7999
Freddie’s Tavern, 12 Railroad Avenue, Ewing, (609) 882-9845
Mama Flora’s Trattoria, 1750 N Olden Ave, Ewing, 08638, (609) 434-1188
Marsilio’s Kitchen, 71 W. Upper Ferry Rd, Ewing, (609) 882-8300
Metro Grill, 172 Scotch Road, Ewing, (609) 882-2800
Mikonos Restaurant, 50 Scotch Road, Ewing, (609) 883-9333
The New Ewing Diner, 1099 Parkway Ave, Ewing, (609) 882-5519
Ray’s Subs, 1540 Pennington Road, Ewing, (609) 771-8006
Revere Restaurant, 802 River Road, Ewing, (609) 882-6365
Sal DeForte’s Ristorante, 1400 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, (609) 406-0123
Salerno’s III Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 1292 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, (609) 883-0700
Settimo Cielo, 17 E Front St, Trenton, (609) 656-8877
Villa Rosa Pizza & Restaurant, 41 Scotch Road, Ewing, (609) 882-6841
The College of New Jersey’s academic tradition reaches back to 1855 when it was established by the state legislature as the New Jersey State Normal School. It was the first teacher training school in the state and the ninth in the nation. Governor Rodman Price, sometimes called the founder of the New Jersey Normal School, promoted the idea of a training institute for New Jersey’s teachers and mobilized support among influential state leaders.
Originally located on Clinton Avenue in Trenton, the Normal School flourished in the latter 1800s, expanding both its academic offerings and physical facilities. In 1925, the first four-year baccalaureate degree program was established. This change marked the beginning of TCNJ’s transition from a normal school to a teachers’ college and was accompanied by a change in physical surroundings. In 1928, a beautiful 210-acre tract of land in Ewing Township was purchased as a new site for the College.
Graduate study was instituted at the College in 1947, and accreditation from various national associations was forthcoming in the 1950s. The enactment of the Higher Education Act of 1966 paved the way for TCNJ to become a multipurpose institution by expanding its degree programs into a variety of fields other than education. By 1972, seventy percent of entering students were selecting non-teaching majors.
In the 1970s, during a period of declining enrollments nationwide that saw other schools lowering standards to attract students, the College made a decision to raise its already high standards. Since that time, the number of applications to the College has increased steadily and it has become one of the most competitive schools of its kind in the nation.
The College of New Jersey emphasizes the undergraduate experience. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for a wealth of degree programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—the Arts and Communication; Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Education; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering. The College is enriched by an honors program and extensive opportunities to study abroad, and its award-winning First-Year Experience and freshman orientation programs have helped make its retention and graduation rates among the highest in the country.
Today the College provides academically prepared students with a challenging undergraduate education and a rewarding residential experience, small classes, and a prestigious faculty.