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William Paterson University

William Paterson University, officially The William Paterson University of New Jersey, is an American public university located in Wayne, New Jersey, United States.


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William Paterson University was founded in 1855 as the Paterson City Normal School. For more than a century, training teachers for New Jersey schools was its exclusive mission. In 1951, the University moved to the present campus. Originally known as Ailsa Farms, the site was purchased by the state of New Jersey in 1948 from the family of Garret Hobart, twenty-fourth vice president of the United States. The original manor house, built in 1877, was the weekend retreat and summer residence of the Hobart family. Today the building is known as Hobart Manor and is home of the Office of the President and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Hobart Manor was designated a national and state landmark in 1976. The University changed its name to Paterson State Teachers College when it relocated from Paterson in 1951. In 1966, the curriculum was expanded to include degree offerings other than those leading to a teaching career. In 1971, it was renamed The William Paterson College of New Jersey. The change of name honored William Paterson, who was the state�s first senator, its second governor, and a United States Supreme Court Justice appointed by President George Washington, and reflected both the institution�s beginnings in the city that also bears his name and the legislative mandate to move from a teachers' college to a broad-based liberal arts institution. The Commission on Higher Education in June 1997 granted William Paterson university status.citation needed Kathleen Waldron, the former president of Baruch College and a former senior executive at Citigroup, is the seventh president of William Paterson University. She took office August 2, 2010 to replace the retiring Arnold Speert, who had served as the school's president since 1985 and oversaw the further expansion of William Paterson's curriculum and campus.

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The Division of Student Development creates a climate conducive to engaging and building mentoring relationships with students. By extending the learning environment beyond the classroom through experiential, extracurricular, and co-curricular opportunities, we cultivate students� educational growth, personal and professional development, and the quality of their university life experience. We empower students to apply this learning in their current roles and everyday lives, to participate actively in and affect constructive change in their communities, and to function competently as citizens in a multi-cultural, global society. The Division of Student Development is committed to comprehensive assessment activities to ensure that programs and services are responsive to the current and future needs of our students.



Richie Adubato, was a basketball coach in the National Basketball Association Eric Alexander, jazz musician. Carl Allen, jazz drummer Thomas Andes, Politician: Mayor, Denville, NJ (Jan 1, 2012 - current) Ronald M. Berkman, president, Cleveland State University Kevin Burkhardt, field reporter, New York Mets, SNY. Tom Brislin, is an American keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Joe Clark, author, speaker, educator known for his overhaul of Eastside High School made famous by the Morgan Freeman movie "Lean on Me" Christos Cotsakos, founder, chairman and CEO of Pennington Ventures, LLC, and co-founder and chairman of Mutasian Entertainment, LLC, former CEO of E*TRADE Group. Rod Daniels, Anchorman for WBAL-TV Channel 11 in Baltimore. Tom Fitzgerald, Journalist, WTTG-TV Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C. Emmy Award winner. Jeremiah Fraites - drummer of the Grammy Nominated American folk rock band The Lumineers Ferit Odman, jazz drummer Rob Fusari, class of 2008, Grammy Award-winning music producer & songwriter for Lady Gaga. Samantha Giancola, cast member of MTV's Jersey Shore. Horace Jenkins, former NBA player. Herb Perez, won the United States� only Gold Medal in the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo Joseph D. Pistone, class of 1965, a.k.a. "Donnie Brasco", FBI agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family. Billy Tooma, author of the novel A Seemingly Unstoppable Dawn and the award-nominated filmmaker of Fly First & Fight Afterward: The Life of Col. Clarence D. Chamberlin. Ray Toro, lead guitar and backing vocalist for American rock band My Chemical Romance. Dick Vitale, legendary sports broadcaster (graduate degree). Clinton Wheeler, former NBA player. Ian Ziering, class of 1988, cast of Beverly Hills, 90210. Jacky Woodworth, Wife to Matthew Woodworth or WoodysGamertag who is a popular YouTuber.



370 acres (1.5�km2)