Strategic Planning Task Forces

Task Force 1: Enhance and enrich the quality of life of the university community and ensure a focus on the student. (Bloom)

Develop and implement a landscaping /campus appearance enhancement plan, including improvement of the interior condition of buildings, by 2005 followed by completion of a facilities and infrastructure master plan by 2006.

Campus Appearance Committee

  • Urs Gauchat, Chair, Dean of Architecture
  • Robert Altenkirch, President
  • Vishal Khubani, President, Graduate Student Association
  • John Gross, Alumni Association
  • Jack Gentul, Dean of Students
  • Lenny Kaplan, Director, Athletics
  • Barbara Littman, School of Architecture Alumna
  • Ricki Goldman, Chair, Faculty Council
  • Matthew Luminoso, President, Residence Hall Association
  • Irini Bekhit, President, Student Senate
  • Joe Tartaglia, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management
  • Stephen Tricamo, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Tom Navin, School of Architecture

Read the January 2004 report on the Campus Appearance project


Task Force 2: Enhance and enrich the quality of life of the university community and ensure a focus on the student. (Bloom)

Systematically reengineer administrative and academic processes to improve customer and student satisfaction over the next five years.

  • Kathy Bialk, Co-Chair, Director, Student Financial Aid Services,
  • Dave Ullman, Co-Chair, Associate Provost for Information Services &Technology/CIO
  • Joe Thompson, Director, Registrar
  • Donna Minnich, Director, Campus Center
  • Perry Deess, Director, Institutional Research and Planning
  • Ricki Goldman, Chair, Faculty Council
  • Bill Garcia, Associate Vice President, Finance & Controller
  • Rod Bossert, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
  • Serena Branson, Assistant to the Dean, CCS
  • Elly Matzko, Assistant Dean, School of Architecture
  • Prema Teklinski, Management Information Services
  • Vishal Khubani, President, Graduate Student Association
  • Irini Bekhit, President, Student Senate
  • Shakera Phipps, Secretary,  Dean of Students
  • Eliza Michalopoulou, Associate Professor, Mathematics
  • Rose Federici, Assistant Dean, CSLA
  • Barbara Tedesco, Assistant Dean, SOM
  • Ron Kane, Dean, Graduate Studies


Task Force 3: Enhance and enrich the quality of life of the university community and ensure a focus on the student. (Bloom)

Move the men’s soccer program to NCAA Division I status by spring 2005 as an integral part of the move of the university’s intercollegiate athletics program from NCAA Division II to Division I.

  • Lenny Kaplan, Co-Chair, Director, Athletics
  • Roy Cornely, Co-Chair, Faculty Athletic Representative
  • John Tavantzis, Professor, Mathematics
  • Jim Grow, Advisor, Undergraduate Chemistry
  • Tim Wuorinen, Assistant Director, Athletics/Compliance
  • Shannon Abraham, Student (Soccer Team)
  • Chev Samms , Student (Basketball Team)
  • Jacquie Rhodes, Associate VP, Development
  • Shanti Gopalakrishnan, Associate Professor, Management


Task Force 4: Enhance and enrich the quality of life of the university community and ensure a focus on the student. (Bloom)

Implement high-profile, intellectually stimulating on-campus events by 2005.

  • Mill Jonakait, Chair, Dean,  College of Science & Liberal Arts
  • David Reibstein, Associate Dean, Albert Dormans Honors College
  • Jack Gentul, Dean of Students
  • Jean Llewellyn, Executive Director, University Communications
  • Lisa Kardos, Student
  • Bob Lynch, Professor, English
  • Bill Spillers, Distinguished Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Bruce Kirchhoff, Distinguished Professor Entrepreneurship/Director, Technological Entrepreneurship
  • Richard Sher, Chairman, Federated History
  • Michael Mostoller, Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture
  • Bob Pfeffer, Distinguished Professor, Transport Phenomena
  • Rachel Ehrlich, Graduate Student, Architecture and Infrastructure Planning


Task Force 5: Increase revenue from private sources. (Dees)

  1. Increase the percentage of alumni donors from 16% to 21%, the mean for Tier II National Doctoral institutions, in three years.
  2. Increase unrestricted gift revenue from private sources, exclusive of gifts-in-kind, by 5% annually for the next three years.
  3. Successfully launch and complete two focused capital campaigns within the next three years.
  4. Launch the quiet phase of a comprehensive capital campaign in three years.
  • Charles R. Dees, Chair, VP, University Advancement
  • Henry Mauermeyer, Sr. VP for Administration and Treasurer
  • Joel Bloom, VP for Academic & Student Services, Dean Albert Dorman Honors College
  • Jacquie Rhodes, Associate VP, Development
  • Kim Kramer, Director, Annual Giving
  • Kirstie Gentleman, Director, University Advancement Research
  • Lenny Kaplan, Director, Athletics
  • Fadi Deek, Associate Dean, College of Computing Sciences/Associate Professor of Information Systems
  • Greg Mass, Executive Director, Career Development Services
  • Urs Gauchat, Dean, School of Architecture
  • Daljit Ahluwalia, Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences/Director, Center for Mathematics & Statistics
  • Dottie David-Wilson, Associate Director, Alumni Affairs


Task Force 6: Develop a core of nationally recognized programs. (Van Buskirk)

  1. Build three programs to national prominence by 2008.
  2. Strengthen by 2005 three niche areas with high potential for NJIT and the State of New Jersey.
  • Bill Van Buskirk, Chair, Provost & Sr. VP, Academic Affairs
  • Tom Blake, Dean, Newark College of Engineering
  • Urs Gauchat, Dean, School of Architecture
  • Mill Jonakait, Dean, College of Science & Liberal Arts
  • Mark Somers, Dean, School of Management
  • Steve Seidman, Dean, College of Computing Sciences
  • Don Sebastian, Vice President, Research & Development
  • Ron Kane, Dean, Graduate Studies
  • Gale Spak, Associate VP, Continuing and Distance Education
  • Bill Anderson, Assistant VP,  Enrollment Planning
  • Dennis Blackmore, Professor, Mathematics
  • John Federici, Professor,  Physics
  • Bob Pfeffer, Distinguished Professor, Transport Phenomena
  • Deane Evans, Research Professor & Executive Director, Center for Architecture & Building Science Research
  • Narain Gehani, Chair, Computer Science


Taskforce 7: Develop a core of nationally recognized programs. (Van Buskirk)

Develop and implement a marketing program by 2005 that impacts constituents and local, regional, and national media.

  • Bill Van Buskirk, Chair, Provost & Sr. VP, Academic Affairs
  • Tom Blake, Dean, Newark College of Engineering
  • Urs Gauchat, Dean, School of Architecture
  • Mill Jonakait, Chair, Dean, College of Science & Liberal Arts
  • Mark Somers, Dean, School of Management
  • Steve Seidman, Dean, College of Computing Sciences
  • Don Sebastian, Vice President, Research & Development
  • Ron Kane, Dean, Graduate Studies
  • Hank Ross, Chief of Staff
  • Bill Anderson, Assistant VP, Enrollment Planning
  • Gale Spak, Associate VP, Continuing and Distance Education
  • Jean Llewellyn, Executive Director, University Communications
  • Greg Mass, Director, Career Development Services


Task Force 8: Improve national rankings in research and intellectual property development. (Sebastian)

  1. Double externally sponsored research and development expenditures over the next 5 years.
  2. Increase number of faculty awards to at least the average of a select set of benchmark peer institutions within five years.
  3. Reach and maintain a three-year average of 60 PhD graduates per year in 15 disciplines within five years.
  • Don Sebastian, Chair, Vice President, Research & Development
  • Bill Van Buskirk, Provost & Sr. VP, Academic Affairs
  • Urs Gauchat, Dean, School of Architecture
  • Mill Jonakait, Dean, College of Science & Liberal Arts
  • Mark Somers, Dean, School of Management
  • Steve Seidman, Dean, College of Computing Sciences
  • Ron Kane, Dean, Graduate Studies
  • Ricki Goldman, Chair, Faculty Council
  • Bill Marshall, Assistant VP for Govt. & Military Relations
  • Bill Hunter, Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Representatives from the Research and Development Committee, to be selected


Task Force 9: Improve national rankings in research and intellectual property development. (Sebastian)

Increase number of faculty awards to at least the average of a select set of benchmark peer institutions within five years.

  • Judy Sheft, Chair, Assistant VP, Technology Development
  • Don Sebastian, Vice President, Research Development
  • Holly Stern, Interim General Counsel
  • Henry Mauermeyer, Sr. VP for Administration and Treasurer
  • Stash Lisowski, Executive Director, Economic Development Center
  • Chair, Faculty IP Advisory Committee, to be selected
  • Nick Tworischuk, Associate Treasurer
  • Rob Gorman, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property
  • Kam Sirkar, Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering; Sponsored Chair, Membrane Separations &   Biotechnology
  • Marion Xanthos, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Dentcho Ivanov, Executive Director, Microelectronics Fabrication Center & Research Professor in Bio-Medical Engineering


Task Force 10: Become nationally recognized for attracting high achieving students from diverse national and international populations. (Johnson)

  1. Increase enrollment by fall of 2008. . . . in the Dorman Honors College to 1 of 5 freshmen of newly admitted undergraduate students, excluding undeclared to 25% women, and to 15% African-American, and to 15% Hispanic
  2. Increase the graduation rate of first-time, full-time freshmen (FTFTF) to 55% by fall 2010.
  3. Increase the mean SAT score by 20 points for an incoming freshman class of at least 750 by 2005.
  • Ted Johnson, Chair, Acting Vice President for Human Resources
  • Bill Anderson, Assistant VP,  Enrollment Planning
  • Kathy Kelly, Director, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Ellen Schreihofer, Director, Extended Learning Delivery
  • Judy Valyo, Dean, Freshman Studies
  • Tony Howell, Executive Director, Educational Opportunity Program
  • Perry Deess, Director, Institutional Research and Planning
  • Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, Director, Murray Center
  • Bruce Bukiet., Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Jim Dyer, Associate Dean, School of Architecture
  • Fadi Deek, Associate Dean, College of Computing Sciences
  • Clarisa Gonzalez-Lenahan, Acting Director, ULC/URE/McNair Programs
  • Jesse Jackson, Executive Director, Consortium
  • Debbie Gabbidon, Admissions Department
  • Ron Rockland, Associate Dean, Newark College of Engineering
  • Maria Kihiczak, Assistant Dean for Enrollment Albert Dorman Honors College