Board of Governors Membership Photos & Bios

Jonathan Holloway

Jonathan Holloway  —  Piscataway, NJ
Ex Officio
President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Mark A. Angelson

Mark A. Angelson  —  New York, NY
Rutgers College, B.A., 1972
Rutgers School of LawNewark, J.D., 1975
Public Governor–2026
Chairman, Institute of International Education (IIE)

Best, William William E. Best  —  Belle Mead, NJ
North Carolina Central University, B.S., 1973
Trustee Governor–2024
Senior Vice President, PNC Bank
Hollis Copeland

Hollis A. Copeland  —  Newark, NJ
Rutgers College, B.A., 1978
Trustee Governor-2025
Senior Managing Director, Tigress Financial Partners

Mary DiMartino Mary I. DiMartino  —  Lawrenceville, NJ
Douglass College, B.A., 1985
Trustee Governor–2025
Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

James F. Dougherty  —  Wayne, PA
Rutgers College, B.A., 1974
Graduate School–New Brunswick, M.S., 1975
University of Pennsylvania, V.M.D., 1980
Trustee Governor–2026

Tilak Lal

Tilak Lal  —  West Palm Beach, FL
School of Engineering, B.S., 1984
Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S., 1987
Columbia Business School, M.B.A., 1997
Trustee Governor–2028
Head of Investment Risk Management, Lighthouse Partners

Mark E. Manigan Mark E. Manigan  —  Maplewood, NJ
Bucknell University, B.A., 1994
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1997
Public Governor–2025
President & CEO, RWJBarnabas Health
Jose Piazza Jose A. Piazza  —  Belle Mead, NJ
Washington University, B.S., B.A., 1983
University of Rochester, M.B.A., 1985
Trustee Governor–2027
Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis, Brightspeed
Heather Pierce

Heather N. Pierce  —  Highland Park, NJ
Truman State University, B.A., B.A., 2004
University of Missouri, Ph.D. 2015
Senate Representative–2024
Faculty, Lecturer-New Brunswick

Harvey M. Schwartz Harvey M. Schwartz  —  New York, NY
Livingston College, B.A., 1987
Columbia Business School, M.B.A., 1996
Public Governor–2028
Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group
Safanya Searcy Safanya N. Searcy  —  Newark, NJ
School of Criminal Justice - 2026 (expected)
Student Representative–2024
Deputy Director Service Employees International Union
Adrienne Simonds

Adrienne H. Simonds  —  Allentown, NJ
University of Scranton, B.H.S., 2002
University of Scranton, M.P.T., 2003
Nova Southeastern University, Ph.D., 2014
Senate Representative–2024

Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, School of Health Professions, RBHS, Rutgers University

Gary Taffet Gary B. Taffet  —  East Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers College, B.A., 1988
University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A., 1992
Public Governor–2025
Managing Member, Acrisure New Jersey
William M. Tambussi

William M. Tambussi  —  Brigantine, NJ
Dickinson College, B.A., 1980
New England School of Law, J.D., 1983
Public Governor–2024
Partner, Brown & Connery, LLP

Heather Taylor Heather C. Taylor  —  Manasquan, NJ
Rutgers College & Rutgers School of Business, B.S., 1989
Trustee Governor–2025
Director, EisnerAmper LLP
Amy Towers Amy L. Towers  —  Mahwah, NJ
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.B.A. & B.A., 1991
Public Governor–2027
Executive Director, Founder, The Nduna Foundation
Mohammad Zubair Mohammad A. Zubair  —  Scotch Plains, NJ
Government College, Faisalabad, Pakistan, B.S., 1979
Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth Dominica, M.D., 1985
Public Governor–2025
Doctor, Medical Director of Sleep Disorder Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center