State of New Jersey
Executive Order #7

Governor James E. McGreevey

WHEREAS, the economic well-being of the State of New Jersey is inextricably linked to the quality of this State's education system; and

WHEREAS, the 21st century has transformed the State of New Jersey to an innovation and information state; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has a compelling interest to ensure that its students are well prepared to compete in a global economy; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has a compelling interest to ensure that its students are prepared to meet the needs of this State's employers; and

WHEREAS, the education of New Jersey's students must be viewed as a seamless web from preschool to college and beyond; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey's current education system lacks sufficient coordination among various levels of education as well as with the business community; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has a compelling interest to provide for a coordinated effort among the leaders of the State's education systems and the business community; and
WHEREAS the Governor desires to provide the leadership necessary to insure coordination among all levels of education and the business community.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. MC GREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. There is hereby established the Governor's Education Cabinet.

  2. The members of the Cabinet shall be as follows:

  3. a. Governor James E. Mc Greevey
    b. William Librera, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education
    c. Susan Cole, President, Montclair State University
    d. Carlos Hernandez, President, New Jersey City University
    e. George A. Pruitt, President, Thomas Edison State College
    f. Honorable Thomas Kean, former Governor and Drew University President
    g. Dr. Zachary Yamba, President, Essex County Community College
    h. Phyllis Della Vecchia, President, Camden County Community College
    i. Larry Nespoli, President, New Jersey Council of County Colleges
    j. James E. Carnes, President and CEO, Sarnoff Corporation, and Co-chair of Prosperity New Jersey
    k. Reverend Dr. William Watley, Commerce Department
    l. Adam Pechter, Prosperity New Jersey
    m. Alfred Gamper, Rutgers University Board of Governors
    n. Lawrence Feinsod, Superintendent, Cranford Public Schools
    o. Lucille Davy, Special Counsel to the Governor for Education

  4. The Governor's Education Cabinet shall meet quarterly beginning in April 2002.

  5. The mission of the Education Cabinet shall be as follows:

    a. To ensure communication among and between all levels of state education policy-makers and leaders, and the business community.
    b. To provide for coordinated efforts to address the State's economic priorities as they relate to education.
    c. To advise the Governor on all matters related to the education of a 21st century workforce.

  6. Members of the Cabinet are hereby authorized to call upon any department, office, or agency of State government to provide such information, resources or other assistance deemed necessary to discharge its responsibilities under this Order. Each department, officer, division and agency of this State is required to cooperate with the Commission and to furnish it with such information and assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Order.

  7. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 21st
day of February in the Year of our Lord,
Two Thousand and Two, and the
Independence of the United States,
the Two Hundred and Twenty-Sixth.






Chief Counsel to the Governor