ROI Influencers: Higher Education — Deans and directors (M-Z)

Bernard McSherry
Founding dean, School of Business
New Jersey City University

As a former business leader, entrepreneur and governor of the New York Stock Exchange, McSherry brings real-world experience while grooming the next generation of business leaders in Jersey City.

Chris Molloy
Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Molloy’s had numerous titles over the years, including dean of the School of Pharmacy, interim provost for biomedical and health science, and senior VP for the Office of Research and Economic Development. He’s the go-to person at the school where he earned his bachelor’s and Ph.D.

Patrick Murray
Founding director, Monmouth University Polling Institute
Monmouth University

In a time when polls are under increased scrutiny, Murray oversees one of the most respected and revered in the nation. One to watch heading into November.

Kimberly Mutcherson
Co-dean, School of Law
Rutgers University – Camden

A graduate of Columbia Law School, her scholarly work often revolves around the intersection of family law, health law and bioethics. She also writes on issues related to reproductive justice.

Simon Nynens
New Jersey Innovation Institute

NJII, which was founded at NJIT in 2014, is the prototype of how universities can bring ideas in the academic world into the marketplace. Nynens, a longtime entrepreneur and leader in the business world, is the perfect fit in this role.

Gregory Prastacos
Dean, School of Business
Stevens Institute of Technology

Prastacos is one of the leaders of a project by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business to change business education — rebuilding the curricula and overall focus and mission of business schools through the use of technology.

Rodney Priestley
Vice dean of innovation
Princeton University

A professor of chemical and biological engineering, he became the first-ever vice dean of innovation — a position created to cultivate interactions between Princeton faculty, researchers and students and outside partners in the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.

Micah Rasmussen
Director, Rebovich Institute for New Jersey
Rider University

Rasmussen, who has been a part of public affairs in the state for more than two decades, working both in government and as a professor, now has what he calls his “dream job” at his alma mater.

Annette Reboli
Dean, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Rowan University

Two things worth noting about CMSRU: It has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the country, and it was honored with the Spencer Foreman Award, a national award for community engagement and social responsiveness in the academic medical world.

Donald Sebastian
President and chief innovation officer
New Jersey Innovation Institute

Longtime figure at NJII is literally a Hall of Famer in the New Jersey tech community. A member of numerous boards throughout the state, Sebastian also serves as senior vice president of technology and business development at NJII.

Bonita Stanton
Dean, Hackensack Meridian Health School of Medicine
Hackensack Meridian Health

Stanton is the founding dean of what is now a private and independent medical school — one that aims to produce a generation of doctors whose vision is built around ensuring health outcomes regardless of race or socioeconomic status.

Joyce Strawser
Dean, Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University

Strawser serves as the dean, as well as an associate professor of accounting and taxation, at Stillman, which takes pride in developing the next generation of leaders. She is completing her term as one of 30 members of the AACSB international board of directors.

Brian Strom
Inaugural chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences
Rutgers University

Strom has one of the biggest jobs in the state, with oversight of eight schools and their attendant centers, institutes and clinics, including University Behavioral Health Care and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Keith Strudler
Director, School of Communication and Media
Montclair State University

Strudler, who came to the school in 2017, helped Montclair State open its new $60 million state-of-the-art communications center — one that enables to the school to compete with anyone.

Vonu Thakuriah
Dean, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers University

Thakuriah is a thought leader on smart, socially just and sustainable transport — as well as urban informatics, or the analytics of emerging sources of big data to understand complex urban problems.