On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole was honored as the Research and Development Council of New Jersey’s Educator of the Year at the 34th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Celebration. Hosted at the Liberty Science Center, in addition to Cole, the R&D Council celebrated the achievements of more than 30 inventors and 12 New Jersey companies and universities.
The R&D Council recognized Cole for her unique contributions to the state’s past and future in research and development and her outstanding leadership in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education at the University.
Established in 1962, the R&D Council serves as a unified voice for industry, academic and government R&D sectors and cultivates an environment supportive of the advancement of research and development in New Jersey.
“For 34 years, the Council has recognized the outstanding contributions of New Jersey’s research community and understood the importance of honoring those who are transforming the way the world works,” said Council President Anthony S. Cicatiello. “This year’s ceremony continues our tradition of celebrating New Jersey’s best and brightest in R&D.”
During Cole’s presidency, Montclair State has created several STEM doctorate programs, including a PhD in Environment Management; and established the Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute of Pharmaceutical Life Sciences and the PSE&G Institute of Sustainability Studies. Cole signed Montclair State’s first memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which supported designations as a leading American “Green College” by the U.S. Green Building Council and The Princeton Review.
“The University’s advance in STEM disciplines has been particularly remarkable, with close to 2,000 students studying in these fields, and with the combined life science programs constituting the largest major area of study for our students,” Cole noted in remarks delivered after receiving her award.
“If I am worthy of this award, it is through the support of my extraordinary Board of Trustees and the efforts of committed University faculty and staff,” she said. “It is they who are the educators of the year, and I accept this award on their behalf.”