ROI Influencers: Higher Education — Education associations

    Marie Blistan

    So much of the success — and future success — of the state’s higher education system is built on the country’s top-ranked public K-12 system. Blistan heads the biggest education union in the state.

    Aaron Fichtner
    New Jersey Council of County Colleges

    Heads an incredibly important organization, as more than half of all undergraduates in public schools are enrolled at community colleges — 100,000 more are in non-credit training programs.

    Dave Rousseau
    Vice president
    Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey

    He is the go-to person at a group that represents the unique interests of 14 schools in the state, from the well-known Princeton, Seton Hall and Stevens to the unheralded Centenary, Felician and Saint Elizabeth.

    Judy Savage
    Executive director
    New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools

    New Jersey knows vo-tech education is a pathway to much-needed and highly available middle-class jobs. Savage is leading the effort to improve the awareness and visibility of some top-notch programs.