Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole will retire in July 2021.
Cole has been president of New Jersey’s second-largest state university for 23 years and was the first woman to hold the post.
In 2009, Cole was an early contender to become the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor.
Eventually, Gov. Jon Corzine winnowed down his list to two finalists: Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) and Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen), both state senators.
Weinberg was offered the post after the indictment of Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Joseph Spicuzzo spooked Corzine.
“The people of New Jersey owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Dr. Susan Cole for her extraordinary contributions to our state,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “She believes deeply in the power of higher education to transform lives and open doors of opportunity. Dr. Cole has been a tireless advocate for the students she serves, and I have great respect and admiration for her and wish her nothing but the best as she embarks on this next chapter.”