Former state Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos will serve as Monmouth University’s 2018-19 Public Servant-in-Residence, the West Long Branch college announced.
Kyrillos will lead four panel discussions during the academic year, which will be open to the public. Topics will include: pension and benefits reform, bridging the partisan divide, jobs and the economy, and oceans and shore protection.
“For nearly 30 years, Sen. Kyrillos had a distinguished career in the New Jersey State Legislature,” Monmouth President Grey J. Dimenna said in a prepared statement. “His commitment to public service and his ability to work across party lines to achieve legislative success were notable throughout his tenure in the Senate. We are fortunate to have him with us throughout the academic year and to be the beneficiaries of his keen insight.”
The first discussion will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 in the Wilson Auditorium. Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) will be one of the panelists.
Kyrillos, a Republican, served as senator from the 13th District from 1992 to 2018, having previously served in the Assembly from 1988 to 1992. He was chair of the Republican State Committee from 2001 to 2004.
He was a co-sponsor of the bill that led to the Grow New Jersey business tax incentive program, and worked on other prominent business legislature including sponsoring the Business Employment Incentive Program.
Previous Public Servants-in-Residence include former Govs. Jim Florio, Christie Whitman, Richard Codey and Brendan Byrne, among others.