James J. Gruccio Sr., Esq. new chair of Rowan University Board of Trustees

James J. Gruccio Sr., Esq. new chair of Rowan University Board of Trustees

The Rowan University Board of Trustees has elected attorney James J. Gruccio Sr., of Vineland, as chairman.
The Rowan University Board of Trustees has elected attorney James J. Gruccio Sr., of Vineland, as chairman.
Gruccio, who has been a member of the Board since 2000, assumed the helm of the University’s governing body effective Sept. 14. During his time on the Board, Gruccio has served as vice chairman and secretary of the Board and chairman of the Board’s legal committee and budget and finance committee, among other roles.
“Jim has shown great insight during his tenure on the Rowan Board of Trustees along with a consistent ability to determine what is important and how the University can best meet its mission and serve our students and region,” said Dr. Ali Houshmand, interim president of Rowan University. “He has a clear vision for our future and a track record of ensuring we collaborate with South Jersey leaders, residents and businesses while serving our students and employees.”

Gruccio heads the Board during a transformational time in the University’s history. Cooper Medical School of Rowan University recently received accreditation and is in the process of accepting its initial class, which will be enrolled in 2012. Rowan is conducting a national search for a new president. The University is partnering on the $300-million Rowan Boulevard project, a mixed-use roadway connecting the main campus to Glassboro’s historic downtown. Enrollment is at more than 12,000 students, the largest in its history, and the University plans to expand its presence in Camden, where it has had a branch since 1969. Recent U.S. News & World Report rankings place Rowan as the third highest-ranked public institution in the North. Rowan is one of only 56 colleges and universities nationwide that are accredited in education, engineering, business and medicine.

A Vineland native, Gruccio earned a B.S. in international politics and philosophy from St. Joseph’s University and a juris doctorate from Villanova University.
“I’m honored to be appointed chairman of the Rowan Board of Trustees,” said Gruccio. “During my time on the Board, I have worked with outstanding individuals who are committed to Rowan, its students and the community. This is an exciting time for our University and for South Jersey, and I look forward to leading the board into yet another dimension in higher education.”

A board-certified civil trial attorney and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Gruccio is founding member of the law firm of Gruccio, Pepper, DeSanto and Ruth, in Vineland. Gruccio focuses his career on business transactions and complex litigation, including business litigation. He also serves as counsel to numerous institutions and governmental agencies. He is the court-appointed administrator of the fund established for alleged victims in the case involving Kiddie Kollege Day Care Center, Franklinville, closed in 2006 because of mercury issues. In addition to having held numerous municipal attorney and solicitor positions in the City of Vineland, Gruccio also has served on the Federal Magistrate Appointment Committee and the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.

He is active in the community outside of Rowan as well. Gruccio has served as president and a trustee of the Cumberland County Bar Association, in numerous other capacities for the County and State Bar Associations and for other professional organizations. He also has been active in a wide range of civic, charitable and community activities.

The governor appoints Board members for a maximum of two consecutive six-year terms.