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June 27, 2012, volume 2, number 15

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To the William Paterson University Community

The Board of William Paterson University is a critical part of our University and its members are often long-serving volunteer trustees who influence and shape the future of our institution. So it is with great reluctance that I announce the retirement of Robert Taylor from the Board effective June 30, 2012 after serving for 22 years.

He joined the Board of Trustees of The William Paterson University of New Jersey in 1990, served as its Chair from 2004 to 2008 and Vice Chair from 1998-2000.  He has served in various leadership roles throughout his tenure here, including Chair of the Board’s Finance & Audit Committee, Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee, and member of its Student Affairs Committee.  Bob chaired the Search Committee for the new President of William Paterson University in 2010 and was instrumental in the decision to build residence halls years ago.  He advocated for enrollment growth while improving admissions standards; counseled for careful spending, thus helping keep our debt to prudent levels; and always insisted on high levels of integrity and a collaborative community. His influence is noticeable throughout the evolution of the institution from college to university and we are grateful to him for his wisdom and vision.

Bob also had great influence on the development of higher education policy in New Jersey. Prior to joining the William Paterson Board, he served for 11 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas A. Edison State College. He also chaired the Board of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities and played a critical role in the efforts which led to the passage of the New Jersey Higher Education Restructuring Act of 1994 under Governor Whitman.  That legislation helped create the present structure of public higher education institutions in the State which has served New Jersey so well.

After earning a Bachelor in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, he held a series of increasingly responsible positions at New Jersey Bell Telephone and its successor companies, Bell Labs, AT&T Technologies and AT&T Resource Management, retiring in 1987 as Vice President for Engineering, Design and Construction. Bob continues to be active as a volunteer in civic, community, social service and church organizations.

During his tenure, Bob has served the University and its students with distinction.  His dedication and leadership are unparalleled.  We will be forever grateful for the many contributions Bob has made to William Paterson University.  We wish Bob and his wife Eleanor, much enjoyment and relaxation in his well-deserved retirement.


Kathleen Waldron

William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470     973-720-2222     president@wpunj.edu