9/6 – Former Gov. Christie Whitman to Serve as Monmouth U. Public Servant-in-Residence

September 6, 2013
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WEST LONG BRANCH – Monmouth University has announced that former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman will be the 2013-2014 Public Servant-in-Residence.

The former governor will give select lectures and participate in public events on campus during the fall and spring semesters. Former Gov. Brendan T. Byrne served in the position in 2011-2012 and former state Chief Justice of the Supreme Court James Zazzali served in the role last year.

“Governor Whitman’s deep knowledge of the issues and her extensive experience are invaluable,” university President Paul R. Brown said.

Those participating as the public servant-in-residence “bring a ‘real world’ perspective to our students in particular and the Monmouth community in general,” he said

Whitman served as New Jersey’s 50th governor from 1994 to 2001. She entered the Statehouse as New Jersey’s first woman governor, the second Republican woman chief executive in any state, and the 13th woman governor in American history. As governor, Whitman’s agenda focused on three central policy areas: economic growth, good schools and safe streets. Environmental protection and preservation of open space were high priorities as well. From 2001 to 2003, she served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Whitman is the author of a New York Times best seller, It’s My Party Too. She is currently the president of the Whitman Strategy Group, a firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues.

The public servant -in- residence program, coordinated by the Office of Global Initiatives and the Department of Political Science and Sociology, was created in 2000 to provide a venue for public officials who wish to share their expertise with students and the campus community at Monmouth University.

For more information about upcoming events please contact  Joseph Patten at jpatten@monmouth.edu or by phone at 732-263-5742.

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