Presidential Search Committee Members


Greg BrownGreg Brown
Brown is chair and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Motorola, Inc.; chair and CEO of Micromuse Inc.; and president of Ameritech Custom Business Services and Ameritech New Media Inc. An active member of the civic and business communities, he recently was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Management Advisory Board as well as to the Skills for America’s Future board. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers in 1982 and is a member of Rutgers Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers.

Vice Chair

Linda StamatoLinda Stamato
Stamato is a member of the graduate faculty and codirector of Rutgers Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The author of numerous articles on mediation, she served twice on the New Jersey State Board of Higher Education; was a member of the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; and served as a trustee at Montclair State University and the College of New Jersey. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers and was acting dean of Douglass College from 2001 to 2002. Chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors from 1981 to 1984, she has also served on the Rutgers Board of Trustees and several important university committees.

Committee Members

Chike Achebe
Student, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Achebe is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science and Africana studies with a minor in organizational leadership. An active member of the Rutgers student body, he works as a resident assistant and served as an officer of the campus chapter of the NAACP. His community volunteer work includes service at Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Ken Breslauer
Vice President, Health Science Partnerships; Dean of Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences; Linus C. Pauling Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Breslauer is the architect behind the development of life sciences at Rutgers, having recruited several prominent faculty members. A fellow of the AAAS, he works with leaders in the life sciences across the university, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the state, and the region to position Rutgers at the leading edge of biomedical research. His own research focuses on the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic protocols to address a broad range of biomedical challenges.

Sherri-Ann Butterfield
Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, Rutgers–Newark

Named a Rutgers Leader in Diversity, Butterfield has been acting director of the program in women’s and gender studies and served on the Provost’s Committee on Diversity, the Advisory Committees of the Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, and the Working Group on the Future of Undergraduate Education. This year, she was a fellow of the American Council on Education, a program for those contemplating a career in university administration.

John Farmer
Dean, School of Law–Newark

Farmer joined Rutgers in 2009 after a high-profile career that included serving as New Jersey attorney general and as senior counsel and team leader for the 9/11 Commission. A frequent contributor of essays and opinion pieces to the Star-Ledger and the New York Times, he is president of the board of trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and was a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Ethics Advisory Board.

Ela Joshi
Student, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Joshi is a senior majoring in philosophy with minors in economics and digital communication, information, and media. She is a member of the Cap and Skull Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, and the School of Arts and Sciences honors program. A Bloustein Distinguished Scholar, she is conducting research on whistle-blower legislation through the Aresty Undergraduate Research Center.

Barbara Lee
Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Lee has served as department chair, associate dean, associate provost, and dean at Rutgers. She is the author of numerous books on employment law, higher education law, employment discrimination, and academic employment practices. She serves on the executive committee of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and is the immediate past chair of the Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee.

Ernie Lepore
Professor II, Philosophy, Rutgers–New Brunswick

In some 30 years at Rutgers, Lepore has helped build one of the top philosophy departments in the English-speaking world and helped start the linguistics department. He has served as director of the interdisciplinary Center for Cognitive Science and played a large role in coordinating Rutgers’ expansion into China. In addition, he is a member of Rutgers’ Academic Oversight Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics and serves on the New Jersey State Board of Education.

Courtney McAnuff
Vice President for Enrollment Management

McAnuff oversees undergraduate admissions, student financial aid, and registration among other responsibilities at Rutgers, working with academic deans on all three campuses to plan and implement enrollment strategies. He has consulted with more than 40 university presidents on issues of academic quality, diversity, tuition, academic merit, retention, and revenue enhancements. At Rutgers, he helped create the Future Scholars Program.

Christopher Molloy
Dean, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy; Professor II, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Molloy earned his bachelor’s in pharmacy from Rutgers and his doctorate in toxicology from Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he is an adjunct faculty member. He has broad scientific and managerial experience and has led multiple multidisciplinary research collaborations to advance new drugs from conception to human clinical trials. Prior to joining Rutgers, he held senior research positions at Johnson & Johnson, 3-Dimensional Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Yetunde Odugbesan
Student, Rutgers–Newark

Odugbesan, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers, is pursuing a doctorate in global affairs on the Newark Campus. She was president of the Rutgers chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Academic Honor Society, a Ronald E. McNair and Minority Academic Career Fellow, a Rutgers Emerging Leaders Scholar, and an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow. She served as president of the Rutgers University Student Association of Global Affairs and vice president of the Rutgers Graduate Student Government Association.

Michael Palis
Professor, Computer Science, Rutgers–Camden

A fellow of the AAAS, Palis was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden from 2005 to 2007 and interim dean from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2010 to 2011. A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he served on the Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee in 2008. He currently serves on the university’s Research Advisory Board and is the director of the Rutgers–Camden STEM Scholars Program, aimed at increasing enrollment and retention of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Paul Panayotatos
Chair, University Senate; Professor, School of Engineering, Rutgers-New Brunswick

Panayotatos has served four terms as chair of the University Senate and as the faculty representative to the Board of Governors and was previously chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and served as editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. His research focuses on solar cells and optical interconnects.

Clement Alexander Price
Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History; Director, Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, Rutgers–Newark

Named CASE New Jersey Professor of the Year in 1999, Price was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as vice chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Among many other positions, he was co-chair of the search committee for the Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools and was a member of President Obama’s Transition Team for the National Endowment for the Humanities. A leading citizen of Newark and a distinguished teacher and public historian, he was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2006.

Dudley Rivers
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Rivers is the controller, Global Financial Services, at Johnson & Johnson Corporate. He was first chosen as a charter trustee in 2002; his current term runs through 2014. He has been vice chair since 2009. A 1982 alumnus of Rutgers College, he has served on the Rutgers College Dean’s Advisory Board and as treasurer of the H.E.R.O.S. Mentoring Program.

Jorge Schement
Dean, School of Communication and Information; Professor II, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Department of Latino-Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Schement is an expert on the social and policy consequences of the production and consumption of information, especially as they relate to ethnic minorities. He has served on numerous high-level federal advisory boards, including those for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A prolific author of scholarly papers and books, he is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information.

Ken Schmidt
Chair, Board of Trustees

An involved and enthusiastic alumnus, Schmidt is retired managing director of Dillon, Read & Company Inc. A 1967 graduate of Rutgers College, he is past chair of the Rutgers University Foundation Board of Overseers and served on the Rutgers College Dean’s Advisory Council. 

Christine Tiritilli
Chair, Rutgers University Alumni Association Board

Tiritilli is a counsel at Bendit Weinstock, P.A. A 1992 graduate of Douglass College, she has been a member of the Rutgers University Alumni Association Board since it was founded in 2008, serving as chair, vice chair, and corporate secretary. In addition, she is an active volunteer with the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College.

Kathryn Uhrich
Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences; Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers–New Brunswick

A scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur with an international reputation for innovative ideas, Uhrich serves as principal investigator on major multidisciplinary federal grants in collaboration with colleagues across the university. She was graduate program director of chemistry and chaired the search committee for the dean of pharmacy. 

Deborah Valentine
Student, Rutgers–Camden

A doctoral candidate in childhood studies, Valentine previously worked as a classroom teacher and administrator in suburban and urban schools, gaining a broad perspective on the challenges of educational institutions. The first recipient of the David K. Sengstack Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Childhood Studies, she served as the graduate student representative on the chancellor’s budget advisory committee.

Carl Van Horn
Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development; Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Van Horn is a widely recognized expert on workforce, human resources, and employment policy, and author of more than 90 articles and 14 books. He has held senior-level policymaking positions, including director of policy for the State of New Jersey and senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and has sat on the boards of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, NJ Transit, and the Amtrak Reform Commission. He chairs the Bloustein School Faculty Council.

Carolyn Williams
Chair and Professor of English, Rutgers–New Brunswick

 A specialist in Victorian literature, Williams was formerly director of the Writers at Rutgers reading series and the founding director of Writers House. Outside Rutgers, she has served on the supervisory board of The English Institute and the executive board of the Dickens Project, and she now serves on the PMLA Advisory Committee. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004–2005, the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, and the Scholar-Teacher Award in 2010.

Ronald Wilson
Chair, Board of Overseers

A 1971 graduate of Rutgers College, Wilson is the retired president and chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company. He has been a member of the Rutgers University Foundation Board of Overseers since 1998, holding the office of vice chair from 2004 to 2010 before becoming chair.