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Alumni Volunteers Welcome President Koppell

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President Koppell speaking with an alumni

A group of alumni volunteers met with Montclair State University’s new president, Jonathan Koppell on Thursday, August 5, sharing the energy and optimism that has marked Koppell’s first weeks on the job. Held on campus in the Feliciano School of Business, the gathering enabled alumni and guests to welcome Koppell, who began his tenure as the University’s ninth president on August 2.

“I could not be more excited about joining Montclair State University,” Koppell has shared. “At a pivotal moment in higher education, this university – with its deep commitment to serving the public interest and advancing student success – has an opportunity to define the future.”

Dr Koppell speaking to Alumni

The highly engaged alumni in attendance included those who have participated in University programs such as the Accelerated MBA Mentor Program and CEO Mentor Program, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Alumni Community Advisory Board, former members of the Recent Alumni Network, and other volunteer programs.

Alexandra Hoffman ’17, who attended with her husband Christopher Unis ’17, shared: “It was such a joy meeting President Koppell. I appreciate that he extended this opportunity to Montclair State alumni.”

Alumni seated while President Koppell speaks

For Harold Abraham ’11, ’15MA, it was a wonderful opportunity to personally meet President Koppell and connect with fellow alumni. “Through my conversation with Dr. Koppell it became abundantly clear that his energy, hands-on approach, and ideas for innovation at Montclair State University are a perfect fit. As an educational leader myself, it’s inspiring to see Dr. Koppell’s willingness and enthusiasm to collaborate with university stakeholders such as faculty, alumni, and community members.”

“I’m excited for all that’s in store with President Koppell,” says Al-Nesha Jones ’07, ’13 MBA, who remains active as a mentor through the Feliciano School of Business.

To learn more about getting involved as an alumni volunteer, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at or 973-655-4141. Visit the website for information about benefits, events and activities.

See more about Dr. Koppell’s first days on campus