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Arcelio Aponte of Piscataway Reappointed President of the NJ State Board of Education

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Arcelio Aponte of Piscataway Reappointed President of the NJ State Board of Education Credits: New Jersey Department of Education
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TRENTON, NJ – Eleven members were sworn-in to the New Jersey State Board of Education over the last two board meetings held this summer, according to a news release. Six are new to the board.

Piscataway’s Arcelio Aponte, the Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration, Economic Development and Chief Financial Officer at Rutgers Newark regains the helm as board president for a second time. He previously served in the position from 2010-2014.

In a recent interview with NJ Spotlight’s John Mooney, Aponte discussed plans to advocate for PARCC and push to lift state controls on Newark and Jersey City. To read the full interview, click here.

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The list of new and reappointed members including a brief bio is below, with additional information available on the State Board website.

The following board members were sworn-in on July 5th.

Arcelio Aponte – Piscataway, Middlesex County
Reappointed in 2017

  • President, State Board of Education, 2010-14
  • Vice President, State Board of Education, 2006-10
  • Vice Provost for Finance & Administration, Rutgers University, Newark
  • M.A., Business Administration, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Management; B.S., Electronic Engineering Technology, The College of New Jersey

Sylvia Sylvia-Cioffe – Ocean, Monmouth County

Appointed in 2017

  • President, Township of Ocean Board of Education, 2014-17
  • Member, Township of Ocean Board of Adjustment, 2011-13
  • President, Wayside Elementary School PTA, 2006-10
  • B.A., Psychology, Montclair State University

Kathy Goldenberg – Moorestown, Burlington County

Appointed in 2017

  • Legislative Finance Committee and District 7 Legislative Committee member, New Jersey School Board Association, 2016-17
  • Voting Member, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, 2015-17
  • President, Moorestown Township Public Schools Board of Education, 2015-17; Member, Moorestown Township Public Schools Board of Education, 2007-17
  • B.A., Business Administration – Finance and International Business, University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

Mary Beth Berry – Clinton, Hunterdon County

Appointed in 2017

  • Transition Services/ Grant Writing, Hunterdon Preparatory School, 2017-Present
  • Special Education Teacher, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional School District, 1989-94
  • Career Development Coordinator, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional School District, 1994-2015
  • M.A., Special Education, East Stroudsburg University; B.S., Special Education, Marywood University

The following board members were sworn-in on August 2nd.

Ronald K. Butcher – Glassboro, Gloucester County
Reappointed in 2017

  • Vice President, State Board of Education, 2010-11 and 1999-2003
  • President, State Board of Education, 2007-08
  • Retired Faculty and Administrator, Rowan University
  • Ph.D., Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Michigan; M.A., Education Leadership, Eastern Michigan University; B.S., Business Education, Western Michigan University

Mary Elizabeth Gazi, Esq. – Bound Brook, Somerset

Appointed in 2017

  • Partner, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., 2013-Present
  • Counsel, Law Office of John E. Bruder, 2006-13
  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Herman L. Breitkopf, A.J.SC., 1989-90
  • J.D., Seton Hall School of Law; B.A., English/Economics, Villanova University

Nedd James Johnson, Ed. D. – Pittsgrove, Salem County

Appointed in 2017

  • Adjunct Elementary Education Instructor for Field Supervision, Rowan University College of Education, 2017-Present
  • Assistant Superintendent, Grades PK-12, Bridgeton Public Schools, 2011-16
  • Elementary Principal, Grades K-5, Dane Barse Elementary School, 2006-11
  • B.A., Education/History, Glassboro State College; M.A., Student Personnel/Guidance Services, Glassboro State College; M.A., School Administration, Rowan College of New Jersey; Ed. D., Educational Leadership P-12, Rowan University.

Ernest P. Lepore – West New York, Hudson County
Reappointed in 2017

  • Director, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science
  • Professor, Rutgers University, Philosophy Department
  • Member, American Philosophical Association; Member, Society for Philosophy and Psychology
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Minnesota; M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota; B.A., Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Massachusetts

Andrew J. Mulvihill – Andover, Sussex County

Reappointed in 2017

  • CEO, Crystal Springs and Mountain Creek Real Estate Division
  • Owner, Mountain Resort Properties
  • Former member, Newark Academy Board of Governors
  • B.A., Political Science, Stanford University

Joseph Ricca, Jr., Ed.D. – Morristown, Morris County

Appointed in 2017

  • Superintendent of Schools, White Plains City School District, 2017-present
  • Member, County College of Morris Board of Trustees, 2011-present, Chair 2015-2017
  • Superintendent of Schools, Elmsford Union Free School District, 2013-2017
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership/Educational Administration, Walden University; M.A., Educational Leadership/Educational Administration, Caldwell College; M.Ed., Specialized: Administration, Planning, Social Policy, Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University; B.S., History and Education, Seton Hall University

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