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July 2015

From Dr. Joseph Marbach, President of Georgian Court University

Dear Members of the Georgian Court Family:

Congratulations! Money Magazine just ranked us #25 among the Top Colleges that Add the Most Value. The magazine looked at more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities before settling on the best 736; we are holding our own on that list as well.

The hard work and commitment that you invest in our students makes a difference now and after they graduate. The most recent rankings from Money considers the challenges our students face when they come to us—financially and academically—as well as the majors and careers they pursue. Beyond how much our alumni earn after graduation, Money’s ranking also accounts for the type of students we admit, and other factors that lead to their success.

This is an external validation of something that we all know: a Georgian Court education, grounded in our Mercy core values, is special!

This is another great point of pride that we can all share, especially as we welcome the newest students and their families to campus in the coming weeks. On social media, you can also spread the good news using this link:

Thanks for all you to do in forwarding our mission and making GCU a great experience and a great value for our students.

Go Lions!

Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.

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April 2015

Georgian Court University Announces New President

As Chair of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., who will become our ninth president of Georgian Court University.

 Dr. Marbach, who is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at La Salle University, is a respected scholar, an entrepreneurial thinker, and a proven consensus-builder. 

Over the course of 25 years of teaching and leading at La Salle, Seton Hall University, and Temple University, Dr. Marbach has cultivated a reputation for himself as an innovative problem-solver and collaborative partner. His commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition runs deep, and he is especially interested in how we can expand Catholic higher education in South Jersey. 

The breadth of experience he brings to the presidency will benefit Georgian Court now and into the future. This is especially important as we continue to build a regional University that meets the needs of students and successfully addresses the challenges of higher education today. I invite you to read more about him at

The GCU Presidential Search Committee, with representatives from all parts of the university community and led by John W. Seazholtz, Vice Chair of the Board, did a tremendous job of working with the search firm Isaacson, Miller to identify and vet candidates from across the nation. Their efforts and yours—whether you contributed to early conversations about the presidential job description or joined us for the finalist interviews—are truly appreciated. 

We also owe a debt of gratitude to the Sisters of Mercy. Thanks to them, Georgian Court has benefited from extraordinary leadership through some of the most tumultuous times in American history, and through 21st-century disruptions in our industry. 

Their influence is enduring, and their work continues in each of us as we begin this new chapter in our own history. In the coming weeks and months, I hope you will join me in making Dr. Marbach feel at home within our family of Mercy.  


Lesa Lardieri-Wright ’75
Chair, Georgian Court University Board of Trustees


May 7, 2014

From Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, PhD, '72, President of Georgian Court University

In January 2013, at the request of the board, I agreed to extend my contract to serve as President until June 2015 to see through the transition of the university becoming fully co-ed and to complete some other initiatives already underway. Thus, as planned, I will be concluding my presidency at the end of the next academic year. It has been a privilege to serve as the eighth president of The Court during a time of some major transitions, from college to university and to becoming a co-ed institution.

During the next academic year, 2014-15, the Board of Trustees and campus community will be engaged in a full search process to identify the next president of The Court. More details about the process will be provided after the Board has chosen a search firm to assist in this process which will happen later this spring.

In this beautiful season of springtime at The Court, I am always reminded of the cycles and harmony that introduce change and new life. We have experienced many changes here, but always remain centered in our commitment to students and our Mercy mission.

I am grateful for the support and collaboration you offered to me over these years. In 2001, I came as a new president asking you to “Walk the Path Together” — midst hard times and good times we have done just that, trusting in our collective commitment to our Mercy mission.

It has been an honor as a Sister of Mercy and an alumna to serve as president, and I look forward to this transition in my life. I also pledge to you in the next year I will continue to work with you to prepare for a new phase in our history as the Mercy University of New Jersey.

Sister Rosemary

Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D.

Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701