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TCNJ announces new Foundation Board leadership

The College of New Jersey Foundation, the fundraising arm of the college, is pleased to announce the election of James Gater ’71 ’80 as chair of the executive board.

A solutions architect at Dun and Bradstreet in Short Hills, New Jersey, Gater has remained actively involved with his alma mater for many years, serving on both the foundation and the alumni association boards.

As a donor himself, it is clear that he has a deep understanding of the kinds of significant impacts the foundation’s work has on the college community. He speaks proudly of his family’s own giving.

“My wife, Kathy, and I created the Newton Brewer Collinson Scholarship in honor of [Kathy’s] father, who served as registrar at the college,” said Gater. “Our first award winner graduated last May.”

Gater looks forward to growing the foundation’s base of corporate and individual donors, and promoting TCNJ as a center of excellence in higher education and an investment opportunity in the community.

The executive leadership team rounds out with Theresa Martinac ’72 ’73 serving as vice chair, and Leo Kelly ’97 serving as treasurer and chair of the finance committee.

Martinac is recently retired from the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety where she served the grants development and compliance unit. She, too, understands the significance of giving back to her alma mater, having endowed a scholarship for vocal music students at the college.

Kelly, who received his degree in finance from the School of Business, is the founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Kelly Wealth Management at HighTower Advisors financial services company in Baltimore. He is a long-time supporter of the School of Business and is a lead donor to the Student Investment Fund.

Other Appointments
Kimberly Brandley ’90, CPA, was appointed chair of the Audit Committee.

Brian Nugent ’86 was appointed chair of the Membership Committee.

About TCNJ Foundation
The foundation receives, on behalf of the college, gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and associations to support and enhance TCNJ’s goal of being a national exemplar. The foundation works collaboratively with the college’s leadership to encourage gifts for scholarship needs, academic program support, capital projects, and to establish and expand endowments, and is responsible for developing goals and implementing plans to significantly expand private support. As of June 30, 2014, the foundation’s assets totaled $33.2 million in cash and investments.