Academic Issues Committee

Chair: President Michael McDonough, Raritan Valley Community College

The Committee deals with issues of academic interest to the President’s Council, i.e., educational, research, service, and administrative. The Committee will be responsible for New Program Review.

Budget and Governmental Relations Committee & Advocacy and Accountability

Chair: President Joseph Marbach, Georgian Court University

This Committee is responsible, on an annual cycle, for developing a budget for the New Jersey higher education system that enables the system to serve its students and other constituencies with effective programs and services. Further, the committee is responsible for successful advocacy of the budget with the legislative and executive branches of state government. One President should serve as liaison between this committee and the Advocacy Committee

The Committee will also focus on increasing the general awareness of New Jersey’s higher education system, including what it has to offer and its needs. The committee will address higher education public relations issues and recommend positions on higher education public policy issues. The Committee will also focus on accountability initiatives to enhance the ways in which the state’s higher education institutions, singularly and collectively, provide information about characteristics and accomplishments to higher education constituents, including the general public and government.

Transfer Committee


  • President Merodie Hancock, Thomas Edison State University
  • President Mark McCormick, Middlesex College

The Transfer Committee will be responsible for assessing the effectiveness of the implementation of the Comprehensive State-Wide Transfer Agreement in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education, and for recommending to the Council any modifications to the Agreement or related procedures.

Campus Safety and Security Committee

Chair: President Michael Gorman, Salem Community College

This Committee addresses safety and security concerns of higher education institutions in New Jersey as they relate to crime prevention, response and recovery, emergency management, public health, and facilities. The Committee is charged with revising and updating, as necessary, the Best Practices Guidelines for Higher Education. The Committee is responsible for encouraging implementation of the Best Practices Guidelines, which seek to preserve, protect, and sustain domestic security at colleges and universities in New Jersey.