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GCU’s President Jeffries Tapped to Serve Christie Transition Team

Dr. Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, among Education Leaders to Assist Incoming Governor

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 30, 2009—New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie recently named Georgian Court University President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., to the education subcommittee of his transition team.

President Jeffries brings to the bipartisan group her extensive experience in leadership roles at colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations, and in pastoral ministry, public affairs, and classroom education. “It is an honor to work alongside the 20 education transition subcommittee members who were named by the governor-elect,” she says.

“From pre-school through college, the education of all of our young people in New Jersey is a critical ingredient in the future of our State, and I am sure the new administration will seek ways to ensure the quality education New Jersey is noted for will continue and improve in the years ahead,” says President Jeffries.

The teams assembled by Mr. Christie are tasked with conducting “a top-to-bottom review of their respective government department and agency.” In his first official blog statement, Mr. Christie added: “There is no doubt that there is a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we have already started putting together a team that will take the necessary first steps to shrink our growing budget deficit and help put our economy back on track.”

President Jeffries also referenced the state’s current financial state and its impact on education, adding that, “Despite the challenging economic times, the importance of investing in education is still critical to our future and to the future of the next generation.”

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 3,100 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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