ROI Influencers: Women in Business 2021 — Higher education

The 2021 ROI Influencers: Women in Business list includes eight sector categories. They are another way we can honor the best women in the New Jersey business world.

Kathryn Foster, Sue Henderson and Lei Lei appeared in the Top 50 (A-HHHI-PQ-Z).

Kathleen Boozang
Dean, Seton Hall Law
Seton Hall University
Boozang came to Seton Hall in 1990, as the founder of the Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy. She has been the dean since 2015.

Nancy Cantor
Rutgers University – Newark
Well-established in Newark community, where the school continues to serve as an important voice.

Marcheta Evans
Bloomfield College
At Bloomfield, more than 83% of the students are of color. Evans is determined to raise the number of students. And, more importantly, the number of graduates.

Angela Garretson
Chief external affairs officer
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Her strong work at NJIT is only part of her influence. She makes a difference as a Union County commissioner (a term she helped implement) and a member of the Hillside Council.

Phoebe Haddon; Margaret Marsh
Chancellor emerita; Interim chancellor
Rutgers – Camden
The nationally respected Haddon stepped down as chancellor last June, after serving in the role for six years. She remains at the school. Marsh is the interim chancellor.

Beth McGrath
Chief of staff and vice president for university relations
Stevens Institute of Technology
A veteran with more than 30 years of leadership experience, she is a key adviser to the president and a liaison to the greater community.

Katia Passerini
Seton Hall University
Nationally recognized knowledge management scholar with extensive higher education experience was appointed provost the month before the pandemic struck the state.

Deborah Prentice
Princeton University
She started at the school in 1988 and has previously served as chair of the psychology department, co-chair of diversity committee and dean of the faculty.

Dr. Annette Reboli
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
A board-certified infectious diseases specialist and epidemiologist, she became founding vice dean at the school’s launch in 2009. Now, she oversees delivery of medical education to more than 400 aspiring physicians, the work of 800-plus faculty and a robust biomedical science research endeavor.

Ramona Romero
General counsel
Princeton University
Twice identified as being one of the most influential Hispanics in the U.S., she joined the school after four years as general counsel of U.S. Department of Agriculture and other top-level roles in private industry. Graduate of Harvard Law.

Judy Savage
Executive director
New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools
She’s key player in expansion of vocational education in the high schools and community colleges — which is a big key for the state moving forward.

Bonita Stanton
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Founding dean and her school had another first just last week, as its inaugural class of medical students had the school’s first “Match Day.”

Holly Stern
General counsel
Longtime GC at NJIT has been there as the school has risen to great heights.

Vonu Thakuriah
Dean, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
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.

Monika Williams Shealey
Senior VP for diversity, equity and inclusion
Rowan University
As the inaugural senior VP for Rowan’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Shealey leads a movement to enhance a culture of acceptance of all students, faculty and staff with passion and energy.

    • For the Top 10, click here.

    • For the rest of the Top 50 (alphabetically), click here (A-HH), here (HI-P) and here (Q-Z). 

    • And click here for 10 legendary business figures.

    • For the other sectors and all of the ROI Influencers: Women in Business, click here.