Montclair State University Announces Publication of “Montclair State University: A Century of Triumph Over Circumstance”

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The history of how the fastest- growing university in New Jersey began and developed to its centennial anniversary is told in the newly-published Montclair State University: A Century of Triumph Over Circumstance written by Joseph Thomas Moore, noted historian, scholar and Montclair State University professor emeritus of history and social studies education, who retired from the University in 2005 after a 39-year career.

Two years in the making, the book chronicles the University's history from its founding in 1908 as the New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair, with one building and eight faculty members surrounded by an open, grassy field, to today's 246-acre campus which will begin the upcoming fall semester with 530 full-time faculty members and close to 17,000 students.

Beginning with the Normal School's principal, Charles Sumner Chapin, who presided over the institution until 1924, the book is organized into ten chapters (the first, a prologue and the last, a final analysis) with a chapter devoted to every president through the current president Susan A. Cole. Moore has infused the text with information and anecdotes to complement historical facts and photos. Also included are appendices which provide information about the Athletic Hall of Fame, honorary degree recipients, and noted faculty among other information.

Moore has written books and articles on topics ranging from war to sports including a biography of baseball player Larry Doby, Pride Against Prejudice: The Biography of Larry Doby. Doby was the first African American player in the American League.

A special reception and book-signing event launching Montclair State University: A Century of Triumph Over Circumstance will take place on Tuesday May 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Alexander Kasser Theater on the Montclair State campus. Moore will be on hand to discuss the context of the founding of the University with frequent New York Times contributor and author of America 1908, Jim Rasenberger, and Montclair State University Distinguished Visiting Professor Neil Baldwin, author of The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped America from the Puritans to the Cold War. To attend this event, call (973) 655 4333.

Montclair State University: A Century of Triumph Over Circumstance will be available to purchase for $19.95 at the Montclair State University book store, Watchung Booksellers (Montclair), The Montclair Book Center (Montclair) and Barnes & Noble (Clifton Commons, Clifton).

Released: May 2, 2008