Christie nominates three for Rutgers-Rowan joint Board of Governors

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By Phil Davis, South Jersey Times — Gov. Chris Christie announced his nominees to be appointed to both the joint Board of Governors shared by Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden and Rowan’s Board of Trustees on Thursday.

By Phil Davis, South Jersey Times

CAMDEN — Gov. Chris Christie announced his nominees to be appointed to both the joint Board of Governors shared by Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden and Rowan’s Board of Trustees on Thursday.

The joint board was created by the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Restructuring Act,which was signed into law last year.

The act established the joint board would oversee the creation of a new College of Health Sciences in Camden and govern new educational programs involved in the medical and health sciences fields in the area.

The shared board consists of eight members, with Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden appointing two members each from their respective board of trustees and three appointments by Gov. Christie.

Two of Christie’s three nominations for appointment to the joint board have experience in the medical field while the other is a former Republican legislator who served as the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.

Louis S. Bezich is currently the Chief of Staff to the President of Cooper University Health Care and was the Vice President of Administrative Services at Camden County College. He is also the founder of Public Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on various aspects of public and private economic development.

Michellene Davis is currently the Senior Vice President for Policy Development and Government Affairs for Barnabas Health in West Orange, the state’s largest healthcare network serving 2 million patients, according to the network’s website. Davis also served as chief policy council to former Governor Jon Corzine and as the state treasurer, becoming the first African American woman to serve in either position in the history of the state.

Jack Collins is a former Republican party legislator from the Pittsgrove area and served as the Speaker of the state’s General Assembly from 1996 to 2002, the longest serving speaker in the Assembly’s history.

Collins retired from the General Assembly in 2002 and is now a serving member of the Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc., the largest state lobbying firm in the country, according to the group’s website.

Earlier this year, former members of the Rowan University Board of Trustees Chad Bruner and Fred Graziano were appointed by the university to serve on the joint board.

In addition, Christie nominated Jean Edelman for appointment onto the Rowan University Board of Trustees.

Edelman is one of the founders of Edelman Financial Services, an independent financial planning and investment management firm and also a Rowan alumnus.