Ramapo names new provost, VP of academic affairs

Ramapo College of New Jersey has named a new provost and vice president of academic affairs, the Mahwah-based college announced.

Effective July 1, Stefan Becker will take over the two roles, joining the school from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, in the Bronx. There, he was vice provost for academic programs and a professor of Earth, environmental and geospatial sciences.

“Dr. Becker brings to Ramapo a distinguished record in teaching, scholarship and administrative leadership, as well as an impeachable enthusiasm for the mission, values and pillars of our college,” Ramapo President Peter P. Mercer said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working together with campus constituents in the weeks ahead to ensure that his transition in leadership advances thoughtfully.”

Becker has also taught at CUNY’s Graduate Center in New York and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, as well as Justus Liebig University in Germany.

“What most attracted me to Ramapo was the emphasis on student success,” he said in a statement. “I am excited to be joining an institution that values every student as an individual and not just a number. … I’m looking forward to being here at Ramapo and working with Dr. Mercer, the board, administration, faculty and students.”