Sister Michele Aronica and Deacon James J. Knipper to Lead Georgian Court University Trustees

With over three decades of experience as a dedicated professor, non-profit executive, and religious leader, Sr. Michele is well suited to lead Georgian Court’s Board of Trustees.

Sr. Michele Aronica served as a Professor of Sociology at St. Joseph’s College from 1978-2005 and 2011-2021. During her tenure at the college, she chaired the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work; led the Faculty Senate Executive Committee as President and Vice President; and chaired multiple Senate and institutional committees. As Department Chair, she led the development of new academic programs including hybrid programs in criminal justice and social justice, a concentration in social work, and the Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Deacon Knipper is currently in his second tenure as a GCU Board of Trustees member and follows his father, Mr.  Joseph P. Knipper, who served as a Trustee from 2002 to 2008. Deacon Jim has served on several Board committees and was co-chair of the Georgian Court golf outing. He is the former CEO of J. Knipper and Company, Inc.

As a current member of the Board of Trustees for GCU and a member of the Finance Council of the Diocese of Trenton, Jim is poised to play a leading role in Georgian Court’s future. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

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