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Rowan University

Rowan University is a public university in Glassboro, New Jersey, USA with a satellite campus in Camden, New Jersey. The school was founded in 1923 as Glassboro Normal School on a twenty-five acre site donated by the town.


201 Mullica Hill Road
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College History


In the early part of the 20th century, there was a shortage of properly trained teachers in the state of New Jersey. It was decided to build a two-year Normal school in the southern part of the state to counter the trend. Among the candidate towns, Glassboro became the location due in no small part to its easy access to passenger rail as well as its offer to donate 25 acres (100,000 m2) of land to the state for the purpose of building the Normal school. The 1917 purchase price of the land was raised by the residents of the town ($7,000 at the time, over $116,000 in 2009 dollars) and used to purchase a tract that belonged to the Whitney family, who owned the local glassworks during the 19th century. In 1923 the Glassboro Normal School opened, with a class of 236 female students arriving at the train station in front of Bunce Hall. With the evolution of teacher training the school became a four-year program in 1934; in 1937 the school was renamed The New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro and became co-educational shortly thereafter. The college was one of the first in the country to begin programs for teachers for reading disabilities and physical therapy in 1935 and 1944, respectively. Glassboro State began to develop a reputation as a leader in special education and after several years and the return of soldiers from World War II the college was able to expand its enrollment from a wartime low of 170 in 1943 to an expansion of several additional campus buildings and academic programs over the next 15 years and became Glassboro State College in 1958.

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The College of Education�s primary mission is to ensure that faculty and undergraduate and graduate candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to foster academic achievement, social responsibility, personal responsibility and social justice in themselves so that they can, in turn, facilitate high achievement in P-16 learners. Our programs provide an intellectually rigorous and challenging environment for all candidates. Built upon a liberal education, the College�s programs combine the study of research, theory, and wisdom of practice in diverse settings with a variety of opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and dispositions to practice.



Jessica Boyington, Miss New Jersey USA 2006 Betty Castor, Florida politician and former president of the University of South Florida Adam Chazen, Emmy Award winner for Visual Effects on HBO's Game of Thrones Jack Collins, college basketball coach and Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly Julie Ann Dawson, horror fiction writer and small press publisher Scott DePace (B.A., Communications, 1991) TV director, The Howard Stern Show Steve Dildarian, creator of HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim Ric Edelman (1980), nationally known financial planner and radio host Stink Fisher, football player and actor in movies such as Invincible and The Longest Yard Jamie Ginn, Miss Delaware 2006 Dino Hall, American football player Robert Hegyes, actor and former co-star of Welcome Back, Kotter known for his role as Juan Epstein. Robert was a professor at his alma mater in the early to mid-1990s. Allen Helbig, artist, animator, photographer, body painter, and web designer Ken Lacovara, explorer and paleontologist, known for discovering new species of dinosaurs (2004 Rowan Alumnus of the Year) Trymaine Lee (B.A. 2003), Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Fred H. Madden (born 1954), New Jersey State Senator and former superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Marilyn Marshall, R&B, jazz, recording artist Soraida Martinez, painter, creator of Verdadism art Lindsey Petrosh (B.A. 2011), Miss New Jersey USA 2012 Mary Previte (born 1932), author of Hungry Ghosts, served in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 6th legislative district from 1998 to 2006. Patti Smith, American musician, singer, and poet, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Shaun T, American fitness trainer and choreographer, host of Hip Hop Abs James L. Usry (M.A., 1971), first African American Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey



Suburban, About 200 Acres (0.81 Km2)