Dr Houshmand, administrators, staff and students join N.J. higher ed task force

Dr Houshmand, administrators, staff and students join N.J. higher ed task force


Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand (below) and a group of University administrators, professional staff and students joined a gubernatorial task force May 6 with a statewide mission to improve access to a college degree, to make degrees more affordable, to promote student success in safe and inclusive environments, and to support research, innovation and talent.

The task force was formed under Gov. Phil Murphy’s umbrella plan for higher ed in the state, “Where Opportunity Meets Innovation: A Student-Centered Vision for New Jersey Higher Education.”

The Task Force is divided into five working groups: Creating On-ramps to College; Making College Affordable; Student Success; Safe and Inclusive Learning Environments; and Research, Innovation, and Talent. 

Dr. Houshmand co-chairs the Making College Affordable group with Dr. Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Rory McElwee, vice president for Enrollment and Student Success, serves on the Student Success Group. Dr. David Rubenstein, vice president for Health and Wellness, and student Kevin McCarthy serve on the Safe and Inclusive Learning Environments group. Dr. Beena Sukumaran, vice president for Research, serves on the Research, Innovation, and Talent group. Winona Wigfall, Director of CHAMP (College Bound/Gear Up), and incoming Student Government Association President Arielle Gedeon serve on the Creating On-ramps to College group.

“Many leaders and stakeholders in higher education are committing themselves to coming up with innovative strategies to strengthen our state’s higher education system,” Murphy said. “I applaud the willingness of these talented New Jerseyans to roll up their sleeves on behalf of our colleges and universities and help us refine the state’s higher education plan.”