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President Joseph Marbach Named Chair of ICUNJ Trustee Board

GCU President Joseph R. Marbach

GCU President Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., is the new Board of Trustees chair for the Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey (ICUNJ). The organization represents 14 independent higher education institutions from throughout the state, including Georgian Court.

Dr. Marbach’s term comes at an important juncture for both ICUNJ and higher education as a whole. ICUNJ is a new organization formed through a merger of two groups with similar missions, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey and the Independent College Fund of New Jersey. With a new ICUNJ president, Stephen R. Reynolds, Esq., the organization will continue to address multiple challenges that have arisen from the pandemic.

“ICUNJ will advance its predecessor organizations’ mission of advocating for the 63,000+ students who attend independent colleges and universities in New Jersey,” said Dr. Marbach. “Now more than ever, because of COVID-19’s impact, we are committed to our students’ success and highlighting the many benefits of attending a private college or university.”

Among the many benefits of being affiliated with ICUNJ are the financial and career support it offers students. In partnership with companies throughout New Jersey, ICUNJ awards scholarships for wide-ranging student research and special initiatives. Through the years, Georgian Court scholars have presented at ICUNJ’s annual research symposium and have received funding to assist with their college journey.

The college presidents joining Dr. Marbach on the ICUNJ Board of Trustees are Gregory D. Dell’Omo, Ph.D., Rider University, vice chair; Christopher Capuano, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University, secretary; and Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D., Bloomfield College, treasurer. In addition to a trustee board, ICUNJ also has a board of advisors comprised of 60 business leaders.

Dr. Marbach was also recently named to ROI-NJ’s Higher Education 2021 Honor Roll, part of the 2021 ROI Influencers: Higher Education list, which “is a way to recognize the schools, the presidents, the deans and directors, the doers and the donors that made higher education possible during the most uncertain of times.” The list notes that Dr. Marbach “has the 113-year institution headed in the right direction, with new programs for first-generation students and adults returning to school. The ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s both upgraded their outlook for the university this summer.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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