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New Trustees Bring New Talent, Insight to Georgian Court Leadership

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Georgian Court University welcomes seven new members to its Board of Trustees, beginning this fall. Each is distinguished professionally and in community service. The diverse group shares a strong commitment to Georgian Court’s mission and students.

Diverse Leaders and Thinkers

The lineup of new leaders is exceptionally diverse, from their work in nonprofit, civic, and Catholic organizations to higher education, finance, and corporate industry. The new trustees include:

James E. Andrews ’16, director of the Office for Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and past president of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators. A board member of the nonprofit Fathers and Children Equality and facilitator for the Saint Martin de Porres Pastoral Parish Council, Mr. Andrews holds a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Georgian Court.

Alicia Cook ’08, director of communications at the American Guild of Musical Artists and a best-selling poet, essayist, and speaker who uses her activism to fight the opioid epidemic. Among several honors, she received an Everyday Hero award from NJTV. Ms. Cook earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgian Court and was its Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 2020. Most recently, she spoke at Georgian Court’s 2021 Commencement and during the university’s first-ever Summer Career Symposium.

Chris Everett Domes, Ed.D., the sixth president of Neumann University and a strong proponent of Catholic Franciscan education. During his 35+ years in higher education, Dr. Domes has led initiatives in strategic planning, fund-raising, academic program expansion, enrollment management, community relations, technology access, and campus growth.

Joyce Heckman ’83, director, talent acquisition for PSEG Services Corporation, the latest role in her distinguished human resources career.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgian Court and is a former member of the Alumni Board of Directors and a recipient of the university’s Alumni Service Award. 

Robert Hutchins, CPA, CEO and managing director of ELLAVOZ Impact Capital, as well as an angel investor in several industries and board member of public and private companies. Among his numerous civic activities, Mr. Hutchins is a founder and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ocean Housing Alliance, Inc., which serves mentally disabled individuals in Ocean County, New Jersey.

Tammi Redd, Ph.D., associate professor of management and director of the Faculty Resource Center at Ramapo College of New Jersey, has designed and taught upper-level business courses for 10+ years. Her research interests include minorities in business and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Redd’s community service focuses on addressing issues such as hunger, unemployment, and under-education.   

Reverend Monsignor Joseph N. Rosie, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1990, and after several parish roles in New Jersey, currently is pastor of St. James Parish, Red Bank, and Episcopal vicar for Monmouth County. He has served on the Boards of St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center and Morris Hall and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, as well as several Diocesan councils.

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Sister Julia Upton, Board Vice Chair
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Bob Mulcahy III, Board Chair

GCU’s governing board this year will be led by board chair Robert Mulcahy III, a lifelong community servant, civic leader, and a former Rutgers University athletics director, and Julia A. Upton, RSM, a Sister of Mercy who is provost emerita and distinguished professor of theology at St John’s University in New York.

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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 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com 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 HazletGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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