As part of a wave of legislation action Nov. 8, Gov. Phil Murphy signed S3811/A5769, which establishes Kean University as a public urban research university.

“Kean University’s commitment to research and serving urban communities before and during the pandemic has been apparent, therefore it has earned — and deserves — the designation of a public urban research university,” said AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera, who is Kean alum. “Thank you, Gov. Murphy, for signing this bill, and our appreciation also extends to Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the entire legislature for unanimously passing this legislation months ago. This prestigious designation recognizes the value Kean has for students, the community and the state.”

“The members of the Kean Federation of Teachers welcome Kean University’s designation as a public urban research university,” said Dr. James A. Castiglione, Local 2187’s president. “Not only will this support Kean’s pursuit of R2 research university status, it will facilitate more substantial engagement with local organizations and the communities from which our diverse student body comes. We look forward to working with President Lamont Repollet to leverage this designation to enhance the resources and support for faculty and staff so that we may better provide the world-class education that our students need and deserve.”

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