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GCU students can now apply for emergency cash grants made possible by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (CARES Act). The application and eligibility requirements are available at https://georgian.edu/application-for-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund/. Virtual instruction and events remain ongoing. A live Commencement ceremony will be held on campus in the fall, most likely on an October weekend. Admissions events and select student activities have moved online, while all other public and campus events, activities, and athletics have been canceled for the semester. Always check GCU e-mails and https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ for the most up-to-date information.

President’s Cabinet

Janice Warner, Ph.D.

Provost

Provost Janice Warner, Ph.D., is chief academic officer for Georgian Court and leads the university’s faculty and curriculum in the GCU School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Digital Media, the School of Education and the Hackensack-Meridian Health School of Nursing. She was named to the chief academic post in early 2020.

Dr. Warner, named one of NJBiz’s Best 50 Women in Business for 2017, was most recently interim provost. Before that she was Dean of the GCU School of Business and Digital Media, where she was responsible for seven undergraduate majors and the MBA program. In that role, she expanded and revamped programs to meet industry demands, converted concentrations in finance, management and marketing into three new majors, and made global education a key focus of the student experience. She conducted and presented research on the merits of international, collaborative online learning projects in Tanzania and Bhutan, and in 2018 led GCU students on a business tour of Germany where they learned from professionals at Amazon, BMW and other companies.

Dr. Warner has also served as a full-time faculty member and held such leadership positions as chair of the Business Curriculum Committee.

Today, she is a member of the President’s Cabinet, leads the GCU Provost’s Council, and has a leadership role on the university’s Steering Committee for Strategic Planning. She is also a member of GCU’s Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee. She is active with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), serves on the board of directors of the Northeast Business & Economics Association (NBEA), and is the president of the New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association (NJCBAA). Dr. Warner is also co-author of GCU’s Strategic Enrollment Plan, a critical element in the university’s Strategic Compass.

Dr. Warner, who has degrees from Columbia University (B.S. and M.S., electrical engineering) and Rutgers University (M.B.A., Ph.D., management), came to academia from industry, where she maintains strong ties. A former director for Telcordia Technologies, she also serves on the board of directors for the Monmouth Ocean Development Council and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and participates in the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Amy A. Bosio

Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer

Amy Bosio is a financial executive with extensive experience in university budgeting, finance, strategic planning, accounting, treasury, capital planning, student financial services and consulting. She brings more than 30 years of experience to GCU, including time spent in corporate, K-12, and higher education environments.

Most recently, Ms. Bosio served as vice president of finance at Rowan University, where she provided strategic direction for the School of Osteopathic Medicine, the Office of Contracting and Procurement Services, and Accounts Payable. She previously served in leadership posts at LaSalle University, Drexel University, and St. Joseph’s University. She has also served as an interim treasurer and assistant comptroller at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her MBA and her undergraduate degree.

In addition to her higher education experience, Ms. Bosio served as director of finance and strategic planning for operations for the School District of Philadelphia, where she prepared and analyzed a $200-million-plus operating budget. She also worked in corporate settings for companies such as Price Waterhouse and Bell Atlantic/Bell of Pennsylvania.

She is a member of the Board Finance Committee of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) and a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Paul DaPonte, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Mission Integration and Special Assistant to the President

Paul DaPonte joined Georgian Court in 2018 and serves the university as executive director of mission integration. He is a theologian whose scholarly interests lie chiefly in the area of theological anthropology and the theology of person. Before coming to GCU, Dr. DaPonte was an associate professor of religious studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where he taught for 10 years and also served as vice president for mission and identity. In his capacity as chief mission officer, he established The Farm at Stonehill, a two-acre working farm under the supervision of a full-time farm manager and staffed primarily by student and faculty volunteers, with the mission of growing fresh produce for underserved and impoverished communities in nearby areas and raising awareness of food justice issues. Before his years at Stonehill, Dr. DaPonte previously taught in the Perspectives program at Boston College, and before that, at Salve Regina University, one of GCU’s sister Mercy schools.

Dr. DaPonte is a proud Rhode Island native who moved with his family to New Jersey in 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Providence College and pursued graduate studies at the University of Louvain in Belgium, where he earned master’s and doctoral degrees. His Ph.D./S.T.D. thesis offered a theological response to the problem of suffering after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It was published by Orbis Books in 2009 as Hope in an Age of Terror.

Chris Krzak

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Retention

Chris Krzak is vice president for enrollment management and retention for Georgian Court University, overseeing undergraduate, graduate, and off-site program admission; the Office of the Registrar; the Office of Student Success; and the Academic Development and Support Center. University President Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., named Mr. Krzak to the role in early 2020 following a national search.

Before joining GCU, Mr. Krzak served at the University of the Pacific, one of California’s oldest institutions, as assistant vice president for enrollment management and executive director of admission. He has a track record of success in growing applications and enrollment by building strong relationships in the community and on campus. He brings to GCU 30+ years of experience at schools like the University of San Francisco, California State University, and the University of La Verne.

Mr. Krzak’s enrollment experience encompasses recruiting, marketing, financial aid leadership, admissions operations and data analysis. In previous roles he helped lower university discount rates, created special campaigns and recruitment strategies for transfer students, and used economic modeling to improve aid packaging for students. Overall, his work extends to the many audiences higher education must reach—first-time college students, transfers, adult learners, graduate students and those seeking professional development.

He is passionate about campus collaboration and the work of enrollment managers. He also believes that mentoring and fully supporting admissions staffers helps them reach prospective students and families. By extension, that is one of many factors that helps drive enrollment.

Mr. Krzak earned an M.S. in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. He is a member and often sought-after presenter for such organizations as the Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling, Western Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers.

Matthew R. Manfra

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Veteran development and alumni relations expert Matthew Manfra brings decades of experience and innovation to his role as vice president for institutional advancement at Georgian Court University. He has worked in wide-ranging development and advancement roles throughout his career. His early years were spent as an alumni affairs director, and later in human resources, at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He also worked at Syracuse University as their first assistant vice president for annual giving and alumni relations—two operations that were historically separate there. He also worked at Rutgers University, where he was charged with engaging alumni leaders and donors around the world.

Prior to Georgian Court, Mr. Manfra served as interim vice president of development and alumni relations at the George Washington University, the largest higher education institution in the nation’s capital. There, he led the team that completed GW’s largest campaign—$1 billion—in collaboration with an exceptionally strong development staff and by incorporating data and predictive forecasting into the campaign strategy.

Mr. Manfra holds a B.A. in Political Science from TCNJ. He is a board member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II and former secretary of the Association of Private College and University Alumni Directors.

Gail H. Towns

Executive Director of Marketing & Communications

Gail Towns joined Georgian Court University in 2009 as director of public information and in 2011 became director of the university’s marketing and communications office, which manages editorial services, graphic design, advertising and marketing, Web/electronic communications, grants, and government relations. She was named executive director in 2015 and leads a team of professionals committed to telling the story of GCU’s role in shaping and changing students’ lives.

The marketing team also promotes the university’s successes and provides strategic counsel regarding all communications efforts. In her current role, Ms. Towns works with students, faculty, campus administrators, and alumni to share the many ways GCU expands possibility for students and the communities they serve.

Her passion for higher education is not new. More than two decades ago, Ms. Towns began her journalism career covering K-12 public schools and colleges and universities for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She also taught writing and reporting courses at Western Michigan University (WMU) and the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she worked in college and university relations posts at Atlanta Technical College and WMU, and was a parenting columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton Journal-News and Cincinnati Parent. Her work has also appeared in Currents, the magazine of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Ms. Towns, who is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a board member with College & University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP), holds a B.A. from Clark Atlanta University and an M.S. from Northwestern University.

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