New Jersey Institute of Technology Appoints Vice President and General Counsel and Senior Program Counsel to the President

NEWARK, Jan. 30--Saul K. Fenster, president of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently announced two appointments in the office of the president.

Robert H. Avery, J.D. has been promoted to the position of vice president and general counsel to NJIT. In this position, Avery will serve as secretary to the board of trustees while continuing to serve as the university's chief legal, labor relations and human resource officer.

"Avery has served the university well for over 12 years in roles of increasing responsibility," says Fenster. Prior to working at NJIT, Avery, a resident of Princeton Junction, was associate general counsel at Ferris State University, Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree and juris doctorate from Syracuse University where he earned Academic All-American Honors as a student/athlete.

Henry J. Ross, Ph.D., was appointed to the position of senior program counsel to the president. Ross will provide program analysis and counsel to the president and senior staff concerning various policy initiatives of the university. Ross, a tenured professor of political science at Kean University, comes to NJIT from his most recent position as senior policy advisor for New Jersey's Office of the Governor.

Ross, a resident of Branchburg, holds a long and distinguished record of service to the State of New J ersey and higher education. He has served a term as interim president of Kean University as well as been a member on both the executive committee of the New Jersey Association of College and Universities and the President's Council of the New Jersey State College and Governing Boards Association.

Ross holds a doctorate in political science from Rutgers University and a bachelor's degree in political science from the City University of New York.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

Contact Information:   Sheryl Weinstein
Robert Florida
Public Relations 
(973) 596-3433