LAMPITT: SECRETARY APPOINTMENT HOPEFULLY SHOWS CHRISTIE IS FINALLY MAKING COMMITMENT TO HIGHER EDUCATION

(TRENTON) – Assembly Higher Education Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) released the following statement Thursday on Gov. Chris Christie’s long-awaited appointment of a state higher education secretary:

“It’s disappointing that it took the governor 16 months to finally name a higher education secretary, but I sincerely hope this announcement is an indication that he’s ready to make higher education more of a priority.
“The governor has yet to make a commitment to higher education and its affordability, so working class New Jerseyans must certainly hope this is a turning point.
“Our colleges and universities not only groom our future generations, but are focal points for economic development.
“I am hopeful that Rochelle Hendricks will help highlight and bolster the important role our colleges and universities play and will be willing to work cooperatively to meet their pressing needs. Her professional knowledge and experience should be helpful as we move forward to tackle the complex issues facing this industry.”