Dr. Kathryn A. Foster named TCNJ’s 16th president
The College of New Jersey News
27 March 2018
Photo courtesy of TCNJ
College of Environmental Design alumna Dr. Kathryn A. Foster (MCP ‘81) was named the 16th president of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) on March 27 after the TCNJ Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint her to the position. She will begin on July 1.
Foster, a New Jersey native, will bring 30 years of experience as a teacher, scholar, leader, and advocate of public higher education to the position.
“In Dr. Foster, we have found the ideal person to lead our college,” said Board Chairman Jorge Caballero. “She is an accomplished academic leader with a passion for public education. She embodies our values and brings visionary leadership, a strong academic perspective, and long-range strategic planning skills that will continue to position TCNJ for the future as a national exemplar.”
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the board has placed in me,” said Foster. “TCNJ is an exceptional place with the highest standards and deeply rooted values that mirror my own. I look forward to working with its talented, wise, and dedicated community, from whom I will learn and with whom I will enjoy serving to advance this exceptional college.”
Prior to accepting this position, Foster served as the president of the University of Maine at Farmington, where she was president since 2012. Foster also spent 18 years at the University of Buffalo, where she served as director of the school’s Regional Institute, chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and associate chair for undergraduate education and director of undergraduate studies.
“President Foster is a dynamic and extraordinarily talented higher education leader and advocate,” said James H. Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System. “The University of Maine at Farmington is a stronger institution, better positioned for success and service to Maine and its students because of Kate’s inspired guidance. We thank Dr. Foster for her service and wish her and The College of New Jersey every success.”
Foster is preceded by R. Barbara Gitenstein, who served since January 1999 and will retire on June 30.
“I am thrilled by Kathryn Foster’s selection as TCNJ’s 16th president,” said Gitenstein. “She has the right experience to prepare her for this role, having served as a chief executive officer in a state environment in which she has dealt with a range of higher education challenges at a senior level. She is an active listener and has a keen sense of our culture. She has the capacity to attend to that culture and learn from it. I am confident she will be very successful at TCNJ.”