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NJ Legislature Lauds 50th Anniversary

Dr. Hancock accepts resolution

TESU President Merodie A. Hancock, PhD, accepts the resolution from Sen. Shirley Turner, Asw Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Asm. Anthony S. Verelli, Sen. Teresa Ruiz., Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham, and Senate President Nicholas P. Scutari. Joining Hancock are graduate and former student trustee Apryl Roach (MBA, 2019), and TESU representatives Steven Albano and Marcela Maziarz.

Today, the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly recognized the 50th Anniversary of Thomas Edison State University (TESU) with a ceremonial resolution that commends the University for its years of service to adult learners while promoting the values and principles upon which it was founded – innovation, access to education and a recognition of college-level learning that takes place outside the classroom.

The resolution notes among other things that TESU, which established on July 1, 1972, by the New Jersey State Board of Higher Education and named after Thomas Alva Edison, “amply fulfilled its goal of providing an excellent education to all the students who have attended this respected institution of higher learning.”

“As one of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher learning and the only one designed specifically for adult learners, I congratulate Thomas Edison on its 50th Anniversary,” said Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15). “The University continues to impact adult learners through positive change and provide economic stimulus to the state.”

In a joint statement, Asw. Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Asm. Anthony S. Verelli said, “We are proud to have Thomas Edison State University in our district, to witness the positive change it makes every day in the lives of adult learners and to work beside this institution for the benefit of all state residents.”

The Senate and General Assembly resolution praised “the meritorious record of its faculty, administrators and staff in providing exceptional educational opportunities to its students and extends sincere best wishes for its continued success and vigor.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly for TESU’s 50 years of changing lives,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, TESU president. “We step into the next 50 years of TESU with the same spirit of innovation and commitment to the success of our working students.”

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