TCNJ to host extraordinary and noteworthy speakers, thanks to $250K gift

TCNJ President Kathryn Foster donated funds to create Distinguished Visitor Series

The College of New Jersey President Kathryn Foster generously donated $250,000 to TCNJ in order to create the Kathryn A. Foster Distinguished Visitor Series — a means to attract many high-profile and diverse speakers to campus to enhance the college’s reputation for being a nexus of broad-based and relevant dialogue on timely issues.

“The gift reflects her strong commitment to enriching the intellectual discourse on campus and exposing our community to a wide range of outside speakers and perspectives on key issues,” John Donohue, vice president of college advancement and the executive director of the TCNJ Foundation, said.

Thanks to the fund, a series of nationally known scholars, artists, writers, scientists, political leaders and other luminaries will come to the campus for a combination of in-person public presentations and small-group discussions with students, faculty, staff, partners and friends of the college.

The initial Kathryn A. Foster Distinguished Visitor will come to campus in March 2023 in support of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the African American Studies program at the college.

To maximize the impact of the gift, funds will be fully distributed over the 2023­­­­­­­-2027 academic years, by allocating approximately $50,000 in each of those years.

A group of faculty and staff members from across campus will serve on a selection committee to identify distinguished visitors to participate in the series.