President, The College of New Jersey
Dr. Kathryn A. (Kate) Foster became the 16th president of The College of New Jersey in 2018.
A native of New Jersey and a scholar-educator with over thirty-five years of experience in public higher education, Foster comes to TCNJ from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) where she served as president from 2012 to 2018. Prior to the presidency, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, on research leave from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her academic home from 1993 to 2012.
Foster earned her BA in geography from The Johns Hopkins University, her MCP (city planning) from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in public and international affairs from Princeton University.
An overarching aim of Foster’s first year at TCNJ has been to clarify the college’s institutional priorities and align the relevant pieces – strategy, budget, capital investment plan, and programming – to ensure that the institution is making the most responsible and wise choices for today and tomorrow. This has involved the introduction of a new budget process to better align investment plans with priorities, and the development of key performance indicators to monitor progress.
Foster has placed particular emphasis on building a more inclusive community at TCNJ. The creation of a Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; formation of a Bias Response Team; and the development of new education and advocacy programs are among the early achievements.
Previously, under Foster’s leadership, UMF turned around a five-year decline in enrollment, bolstered experiential education, and aligned programming and investment through the university strategic plan, campus master plan, recruitment and retention plan, advancement plan, and marketing plan. With renewed attention to campus facilities, UMF refurbished its gymnasium, created a student learning commons, improved classroom spaces and lounges, upgraded residence halls, and built a biomass heat plant, which, together with geothermal wells, significantly reduced campus dependency on fossil fuels.
A fully engaged administrator and frequent public speaker, Foster established The Public Classroom, UMF’s speaker series bridging university and community, expanded university governance, and energized the university’s Board of Visitors.
She worked closely with the University of Maine System Chancellor and Trustees to map strategic directions for the public higher education system in Maine. Foster served as chair of the presidents’ council of the North Atlantic (athletic) Conference, chair of the strategic plan committee of the Council of Public Liberal Arts College, and member of the boards of the Greater Franklin Development Corporation and JMG (formerly Jobs for Maine’s Graduates). In 2016 Foster was named by Maine magazine as one of the “50 People Charting the Future of Maine.”
Foster is the author of The Political Economy of Special-Purpose Government (1997), Regionalism on Purpose (2001), and dozens of book chapters, articles, and policy reports. She participated actively on several New York State task forces, including the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, and was selected by Business First in 2007 as its Woman of Influence in Public Policy. Earlier in her career, Foster was a lecturer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, and, in 2000-2001, as Visiting Fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University.
Foster is a member of the boards of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the New Jersey Athletic Conference. She enjoys golf, hiking, photography, maps, road trips, theater, old books, writing, bicycle riding, visiting state capitols, and attending cultural and athletic events of all kinds.
Dean, TCNJ School of Business
Dr. Jervis comes to TCNJ from the University of Rhode Island, where she served as director of the Graduate Healthcare Management Program and professor of accounting. She served as interim dean of the College of Business at URI in 2015, and prior to that role, was the Richard Vangermeersch Professor of Accounting and area coordinator for the accounting information systems area. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Dr. Jervis was an American Council on Education Fellow at Southern Connecticut State University under President Joe Bertolino.
Among Dr. Jervis’ research interests are hospital and municipal financial reporting and its impact on users’ decisions in the public interest. She has several publications in scholarly accounting and health care journals that include Accounting and the Public Interest and Journal of Health Care Finance. She also chaired the URI College of Business Student Affairs and Diversity Committee, served as faculty advisor to the Women in Business student organization, and was a member of the university’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women to enhance policies for non-discrimination.
Dr. Jervis earned her doctorate from the University of Connecticut and has received undergraduate and graduate teaching awards in business and a faculty service award in recent years. She and her husband, Christopher Bannister, have two grown children, two granddaughters, and a pug. She enjoys playing the oboe and handbells.
Chief Human Resources Officer, and Administrative Manager, Franklin Township Sewerage Authority
Dr. Apryl L. Roach is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer, and Administrative Manager for a local government agency in the State of New Jersey. Roach is the Public Agency Compliance Officer, State of NJ Registered Public Purchasing Specialist, (R.P.P.S. ) and State of NJ Qualified Purchasing Agent, (Q.P.A). Roach is responsible for the management and implementation of business operations inclusive of supervising administrative staff, nurturing vendor relations, and financial management as a strategic business partner.
Dr. Roach has a diverse professional background as a Human Resources Professional and Practitioner with 25+ years of experience as a Director of Operations, Executive Administrative Manager and Human Resources Generalist. Roach is experienced in all major Human Resources disciplines having served in Public, For Profit and Non-Profit organizations to include Business Administration, Human Services, Staffing, Finance, Communications, Facilities Management and Information Technology.
Dr. Roach is a Strategic Business Partner with proven ability to deliver a full spectrum of employee programs and client services with a high level of organizational effectiveness and an emphasis on “Best Practices” for compliance.
Dr. Roach is nationally certified with the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Roach is an Instructor/Facilitator and teaches various Human Resources courses at Mercer County Community College in the State of New Jersey and an Adjunct Professor at Rider University and The College of New Jersey teaching the Introduction to Human Resource Management. Roach is also a Human Resources Practitioner and Consultant for the MBA degree program at The College of New Jersey.
Dr. Roach earned her Doctor of Business of Business Administration (DBA) with an area of study in Human Resources Management from Thomas Edison State University. Graduate degrees held are Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHRM) and an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree from Thomas Edison State University. Dr. Roach is a proud alumna and ambassador of Thomas Edison State University.
Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing and Base Management, Verizon
Diana is the Senior Vice President of Marketing Operations for the consumer group. She is a diverse marketer who has held a variety of marketing and operations roles of increasing responsibility during her tenure at Verizon and its legacy companies.In her current role Diana is responsible for consumer digital marketing. This includes driving demand via digital channels to generate sales and integrating an omni channel digital marketing strategy to enhance the customer engagement.
Diana’s brand is that of a collaborative business leader, who knows how to get things done. She thrives in a dynamic environment of innovation and evolution. She is a change champion.
Diana graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She is married to Verizon engineer, Darius, who is now retired. They have two children and live in Chester, NJ.
Design Thinking Consultant, Entrepreneur, Academic
Throughout her work as a professor, design thinker, and strategist, Jennifer Zoga is obsessed with helping people achieve their most audacious personal and professional goals. This passion drove her to become a Designing Your Life certified coach which then accelerated her own fulfilling journey of research and discovery. She now shares her own proprietary tools to help workshop audiences apply an empathetic design thinking approach to themselves. Jennifer wants you to feel empowered to work on the most important human-centered challenge we each face: What do I want to do with my one precious life?
The summit will be held November 9, 2022.
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (exact times subject to change)
The conference will be held in person at The College of New Jersey in the Education Building Room 212 and virtually on Zoom.
In-person tickets are $100. TCNJ faculty, staff, and alumni tickets are $80. Virtual tickets are priced at $50 each. A discounted table of eight is available for $700.
In-person ticket includes: Breakfast and lunch, Keynote session, Workshop and breakout sessions, Attendee bag and materials.
Virtual ticket includes: Keynote session, Workshop and breakout sessions.
The 2022 speakers page is updated as speakers are confirmed.
Contact Nicole Beagin, communications specialist, via email or at 609.771.2567.
Contact Nicole Beagin, communications specialist, via email or at 609.771.2567.
We do not offer refunds on ticket purchases at this time. If you purchase an in-person ticket and wish to switch to virtual, we cannot refund the difference, but you will be offered a virtual seat.