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October 17, 2003
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
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Kean Trustees Reelected to Top Positions

UNION, N.J. – In a unanimous vote held Tuesday, September 16, the Kean University Board of Trustees reelected Robert W. Cockren, Esq., of Westfield, N.J., as chairman of the board. Two additional trustees were also chosen to remain in their leadership roles. They are Dr. Vivian Rodriguez of West Orange, N.J., as vice chair, and William Shiebler of Park City, Utah, as secretary.

Cockren has been a member of Kean’s Board of Trustees since 1998 and was first elected chair in 2001. He serves as a managing partner of the Short Hills, N.J., law offices of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP, a national firm with more than 600 lawyers in nine cities throughout the country. He also maintains an office in the firm’s Rockefeller Plaza office in New York City. In addition, Cockren serves as the town attorney for Westfield.

“I’m very excited to continue as chairman and look forward to serving the University and its students,” Cockren said. “Over the past three years, the Board has successfully worked together to ensure a positive future for Kean, and I am happy to be given the opportunity to guide our plans to fruition.”

Rodriguez was appointed to the board in 1998 and was first named vice chair in 2001. A Kean alumna who has earned one Bachelor of Arts degree and two Master of Arts degrees from the University, she is currently the assistant superintendent of schools in the Perth Amboy (N.J.) school system. Rodriguez has also worked as a classroom teacher and a vice principal; supervisor of language arts for the Elizabeth (N.J.) Board of Education; and principal of Rikers Elementary School in Livingston, N.J.

Shiebler joined the Board of Trustees in 2000 and was first elected as secretary in 2001. He retired in March 1999 as president and CEO of Putnam Mutual Funds and has served as vice chair and senior advisor to Putnam Investments. He was also chair of the board of Pacific Corporate Group and is currently the CEO of Deutsche Asset Management Americas in New York City.