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Board of Trustees

Current Trustees

Voting Members

ANTHONY ABRANTES (appointed 2024)

BA  – Montclair State University ‌

Current: Assistant Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Eastern Atlantic State Regional Council of Carpenters

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ROSE L. CALI (appointed 1991)

BA – Montclair State University ‌

Current: Education Advocate; Founder, Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center
Former: Volunteer services coordinator for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; public relations officer for training center

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MARY A. COMITO (appointed 2017)

MA – George Washington University
MBA – St. Johns University
BA – SUNY Albany

Current: Insurance and Financial Advisor, State Farm Insurance

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FRANCIS M. CUSS (appointed 2009)

MB, BChir – Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, UK‌
BA Natural Sciences, MA – King’s College, Cambridge University, UK
FFPM (Fellow Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine)
FRCP (Fellow of Royal College of Physicians)

Former: Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, R&D – Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (Retired)
Former: Senior Vice President, Discovery & Exploratory Clinical Research, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Former: Senior Vice President, Schering-Plough Research Institute; Director of Pulmonary Clinical Research, Glaxo

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JEAN MARC DE GRANDPRE (appointed 2017)

BS and MBA – Southern New Hampshire University ‌

Current: General Manager of the New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Arena

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TRACY HIGGINS (appointed 2021)

JD – Harvard Law School
AB – Princeton University

Current: Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law and Co-Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice


Sreeni Kutam

SREENI KUTAM (appointed 2021)

MBA – Purdue University
BA Computer Science – Andhra University, India

Current: Chief Human Resources Officer, ADP

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PRESTON D. PINKETT III (appointed 2002)

MBA Management Strategy – Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania‌
BS Economics – Cornell University

Current: Banking Executive
Former: Vice President, Social Investments, Prudential Financial, Inc., Senior Vice President at New Jersey Economic Development Authority, PNC Bank, Chemical Bank New Jersey; Senior Planner, NJ Council on Affordable Housing; associate, Summit Group

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KENT SLUYTER (appointed 2016)

BS Mathematics – Lafayette College

Former: President of Prudential Annuities

Student Representatives

Artem Beliavski – Student Trustee (appointed 2023)


Non-Voting Members



Jonathan Koppell

JONATHAN KOPPELL (appointed 2021), non-voting

PhD – Political Science – University of California, Berkeley
MA – Political Science – University of California, Berkeley
AB – Government – Harvard College

Current: President, Montclair State University
Former: Vice-Provost for Public Service and Social Impact, Arizona State University; Senior Advisor to the Provost, Arizona State University; Dean, Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions, Arizona State University; Director, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University; Director, Associate Director, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance & Performance, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Faculty Representative

MARY ENGLISH (appointed 2024), non-voting

PhD – Boston University
MA – Boston University
BA – College of Holy Cross

Current: Chairperson, Classics and General Humanities, Montclair State University

Trustee Emeritus

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JD – Columbia University School of Law
BS – Cornell University

Current: Principal at Hiltzik Strategies
Former: Senior Executive, N. S. Bienstock talent agency
Former: Vice President for Policy and Planning and other positions at National Broadcasting Company; legal positions in various firms