Susan A. Cole Montclair State University, President
Achievements: Spearheading numerous changes on campus at Montclair State University, including creation of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, whose mission is to nurture and encourage women entrepreneurs; serving in an advisory capacity to Govs. Chris Christie, Jim McGreevey and Christine Todd Whitman.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English and American literature, Barnard College, Columbia University; master’s degree in English and American literature, Brandeis University; doctorate in English and American literature, Brandeis University.
Go-to stress busters: “The first is walking around campus, watching students doing their thing and the new construction rising miraculously from the ground. The second is having a few minutes of unfettered, outrageous, unrepeatable, funny and hopefully unrecorded conversation with senior staff.”
What change would make workplaces friendlier to work-life balance? “Excellent, affordable and sufficient child care centers for children of all ages.
What do you wish someone had told you when you were first starting out in business? “How critical it is to be very competent with budgets, balance sheets and financing in just about every field and area of endeavor.”
Susan A. ColePresident
Montclair State University
Montclair, Essex County