The Kean University full-time faculty, librarian and professional staff union has endorsed Donna Obe for the 20th district state Senate seat currently held by Senator Ray Lesniak. The local’s executive committee endorsed Obe based on the Roselle Board of Education President’s positions on higher education and labor rights, according to President Dr. James A. Castiglione.
“The Kean Federation of Teachers members I met are extremely concerned about improving academics at Kean University and I share their urgency for change,” said Obe. “There should be only one standard when hiring – will that person make the greatest contribution to the academic excellence of the University? I am proud to be endorsed by their union and eager to work with them to improve higher education opportunities at Kean and at all the state colleges and universities.”
Obe participated in a candidates’ forum where she expressed concern about undue political influence at New Jersey’s institutions of higher education, Kean University in particular, according to Physics Professor Castiglione. Obe would support legislation to monitor and assess the performance of state Boards of Trustees and management at all institutions of higher education. Sen. Lesniak, a state legislator since 1978, did not respond to the request to participate in the forum.