For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
gillerand@georgian.edu

GCU’s University College Announces Partnership with the CEO Group

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 30, 2007—On Thursday, November 15, Georgian Court University and the CEO Group of Vineland signed a partnership agreement. This supplements the already existing partnership between GCU and Cumberland County College. Under the terms of the agreement, GCU will work with the CEO Group to sponsor a business club at Cumberland County College (CCC); member businesses of the CEO Group will offer internships to GCU at Cumberland Accelerated MBA students; and employees of member businesses may take MBA classes at CCC or on their work sites if the demand is sufficient.

This agreement will aid in the educational experience of Georgian Court University AMBA students by providing a mechanism by which they can benefit from the staff expertise, unique facilities, and executive experience of the CEO Group. Joseph Molitoris, Ph.D., director of GCU’s University College and Francis J. Reilly, executive director of the CEO Group and president of FJ Reilly Communications Inc, Vineland, negotiated the agreement over the past two months.

"Georgian Court is pleased to form this comprehensive educational partnership with the CEO Group. It is an opportunity for two dynamic New Jersey organizations to cooperate for their mutual benefit,” said Joseph F. Gower, Ph.D., GCU provost, who opened the signing event. Also present from Georgian Court were Dr. Molitoris; Leslie Korb, Ph.D., MBA program director; Bertram Okpokwasili, D.Eng’g.Sc., chair of the undergraduate business program; and Dorothy Lazarick, RSM, director of University College services.

Serge Brunner, CEO of the Espoma Corporation, Millville, and president of the CEO Group, lauded the potential benefits of the joint venture agreement for both graduate students and his member companies. “The support we’ll be able to provide these students through our relationship with Georgian Court should help them immensely in their studies, and at the same time, we hope to use the relationship both to recruit and retain valuable employees for our local companies.”

GCU’s University College has entered into partnerships with businesses, schools, and agencies in Monmouth, Cumberland, and Ocean counties in order to offer needed coeducational training and education to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. The coeducational MBA program is one of over 30 coeducational high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs offered by University College. The next information session will be held on Thursday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. To register for the event or for more information on any of GCU’s coeducational programs, please contact University College at 732.987.2132 or universitycollege@georgian.edu.

ABOUT THE CEO GROUP

Founded in October 1996, the CEO Group is a nonprofit organization formed by executives of businesses in Vineland, Millville, and Bridgeton that works with local government on issues related to business and industry. They currently have 35 member companies from the Cumberland County area, all private sector major employers.

ABOUT GCU

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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