The Once and Future University of Newark

The Once and Future University of Newark The University of Newark came to an end due to a merger in 1940s that made it Rutgers-Newark. Yet our identity as student gateway for opportunity and excellence lives on! Learn how we began to prepare students for successful community life.

Rutgers University-Newark School of Arts and Sciences

Rutgers University-Newark School of Arts and Sciences

We are thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of our national search for a new Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SASN). We have recommended to the Board of Governors that, effective July 1, 2020, Dr. Jacqueline Mattis be appointed as Dean of SASN and Professor of Psychology. A deeply experienced, empathetic, and effective academic leader, an interdisciplinary scholar-teacher of remarkable breadth of expertise with a strong track record of sponsored research funding, and a beloved mentor of junior colleagues and students alike, Jacquie rose to the top of an extremely strong and impressive field of nationally competitive candidates.

Jacquie comes to Rutgers-Newark from the University of Michigan, where she is Professor of Psychology, Associate Chair of the Psychology Department, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context. A clinical psychologist by training, she earned her B.A. in psychology at New York University and master’s and Ph.D. in psychology at Michigan. Her work frequently integrates insights and methodologies from a broad range of disciplines, including health, education, religion, and women’s, ethnic, LGBTQ, and popular culture studies. She has earned continual external grant support for this work, including from the National Institutes for Health, the Fetzer Institute, and the Templeton Foundation, among others. She also has done clinical research in cities including Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and New York City, as well as cross-cultural research in Turkey. An important theme in her career-long work that resonates strongly with our many publicly-engaged scholars in Newark is mapping the nuanced links between urban conditions and optimal human outcomes.

While maintaining her ambitious scholarly and teaching agendas, Jacquie has exhibited superlative leadership at the college and department levels, both at Michigan and in her prior appointment as Chair of the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU. She is adept at navigating the intersection of curricular, research, and financial planning with a style characterized by engagement of many perspectives, especially toward the goals of optimizing alignment of programmatic objectives with faculty and staff strengths and resources, while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also has consistently supported strong professional development in her roles as an academic leader, as well as independently by co-founding a retreat center for scholars, artists, and activists located here in the Forest Hill neighborhood of Newark. Throughout her career Jacquie has shown herself to be a person of exceptional intellectual scope, expansive experience in producing and cultivating high-impact scholarship, capacious collegiality, and profound commitment to grappling with ways to leverage the capacities of universities to engage the challenges of our cities and our world.

We offer profuse thanks to search committee co-chairs Sherri-Ann Butterfield and John Keene, who worked with our consultants to yield a truly stellar field of candidates, to the invaluable committee members, and to the SASN program directors and department chairs, representatives of student government, and staff who made time to meet with the finalists and offer their insights.

Words cannot capture the depth of our thanks to, and appreciation for, Acting Dean Denis Paré, who has been such an extraordinary leader and colleague, bringing his own deep and broad experience, insight, and wisdom to stewarding the School of Arts and Sciences for the past year and a half and contributing to the advancement of institutional priorities as a pivotal member of our leadership team.

We look forward to having all members of our community join in welcoming Jacquie this summer!


Nancy Cantor

Ashwani Monga
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Rutgers University—Newark

Rutgers University—Newark

Check out the new space for @PantryRUN inside @jbjskrun which officially launches this morning!

Preserving the Rutgers-Newark Story for Future Generations
Preserving the Rutgers-Newark Story for Future Generations

Preserving the Rutgers-Newark Story for Future Generations

For decades, Rutgers University-Newark has been a fixture in the city’s cultural and intellectual life – a vibrant space where service, learning, and research all converge. Now, the record of this impact will be preserved for generations to come.

Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen Opens At Rutgers Newark
Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen Opens At Rutgers Newark

Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen Opens At Rutgers Newark

Struggling students at Rutgers Newark won't have to live on a prayer for food much longer.Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen will be opening a third location on campus in January 2020.The rocker and his wife Dorothea Hurley opened the first pay...

Rutgers University-Newark Unveils New Mascot
Rutgers University-Newark Unveils New Mascot

Rutgers University-Newark Unveils New Mascot

NEWARK, N.J. | On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Rutgers University-Newark unveiled their long-teased mascot at Raider Madness. At the conclusion of the event, which is set to usher in the men's and women's basketball seasons, the Scarlet Raider finally appeared to a loud cheer.

McGovern's Tavern opened in the 1930s, when today's Rutgers University-Newark was the University of Newark and located o...
McGovern's Tavern is about to reopen. Let there be light.

McGovern's Tavern opened in the 1930s, when today's Rutgers University-Newark was the University of Newark and located on Rector Street.

After months of anticipation, McGoverns Tavern, a true Newark icon, is about to see the light of day.

Rutgers University—Newark

Rutgers University—Newark

TODAY is the deadline to register for Community Engagement Day! 🗣️ Join us along with Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi, sign up here:

On this day 150 years ago (March 11, 1869), Beatrice Winser was born in the city of Newark, NJ. She is mostly known as t...

On this day 150 years ago (March 11, 1869), Beatrice Winser was born in the city of Newark, NJ. She is mostly known as the long-time assistant of John Cotton Dana, the city's celebrated library and museum director during the early decades of the 20th century.

There was significantly more to Miss Winser (as she was known, as an unmarried woman), and today is the beginning of restoring a more full spectrum of her life and contributions to public memory.

She worked for the Newark Public Library over 50 years, most of all her life, serving as its third director for 12 years.

She served as assistant library director for John Cotton Dana for over 25 years, from 1902 until his passing in 1929. She was a responsible and effective administrator for Dana's vision: art and cultural institutions being relevant, engaging, and accessible to all the public, in fulfillment of American ideals.

In 1915, the Newark Sunday Call newspaper referred to her as "The Busiest Woman in Newark." She is a member of the Newark Chamber of Commerce in 1929, and appears to be the only woman on a list of 100+ men.

After Dana passing, Miss Winser became his successor of both his directorships at the Newark Public Library and Newark Museum. She simultaneously lead both institutions, and promoted recognition of Dana's vision and legacies during the 1930s and the Great Depression.

Overlooked and forgotten until last year was Miss Winser's role and contributions with the University of Newark, the institution that would merge with Rutgers University in New Brunswick in 1946 to establish today's Rutgers University-Newark.

Beatrice Winser was a trustee of the University of Newark, and a trustee of one of its predecessor institutions Dana College.

She supported the university's president Rev. Dr. Frank Kingdon in assembling the materials for him to write John Cotton Dana's biography, and she participated with him in advocating the progressive vision of the university: one that was co-educational (i.e., educating men and women), serving the lower-middle economic students of Newark and north Jersey, and enrolling students without regard to race, creed or color.

Miss Winser's rediscovered contributions to the University of Newark include:

Extensive fundraising for its John Cotton Dana Library (years before the construction of John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers-Newark in the 1960s).

Leading design and procurement of the University of Newark's diplomas, printed by D.B. Updike's renowned Merrymount Press in Boston and with the institution's seal and colors produced by esteemed Czech-born artist Rudolph Ruzika.

During the university's $1,000,000 capital campaign in 1938, consented to student invitations to be Honorary chairman of the Student Campaign Fund.


Beatrice Winser's father, a journalist for TheNewYorkTimes, had been appointed a diplomat shortly after she was born. Her childhood was in the Coburg province of today's Germany, and her first language was German.

A scrapbook of her appearances in local papers was kept by her younger sister Nathalie.

Beatrice Winser liked to swim and owned a car.

For the rest of calendar year 2019, I am continuing my research, virtual curation, and production of story content about Beatrice Winser, to restore memory and appreciation of a forgotten legendary figure, one who exhibited qualities of professionalism, leadership, and public service that are inspiring and relevant to American life today!

Quintus Jett, Ph.D.
Creative Director,
[email protected]

Old Newark

Old Newark

86 Plane Street (University Avenue)
1939 from the Library of Congress

Earliest African-American woman to graduate in Rutgers' History_____________________Rutgers University—Newark had a life...

Earliest African-American woman to graduate in Rutgers' History

Rutgers University—Newark had a life before Rutgers, and that life included an African-American student named Louise Bullock (Class of 1937).

Before its merger with Rutgers University in New Brunswick in 1946, this institution was the University of Newark. It was dedicated to this city and its region, serving its citizens, its institutions and communities, and its economy.
The University of Newark was a progressive institution for its time.

In the late 1930s, higher education was generally exclusive for those of upper economic brackets. Counter to the norm, the University of Newark enrolled students from nearby populations who often couldn’t afford to seek education far from home.

In the late 1930s, women were normally educated within separate or independent colleges. In New Brunswick, Rutgers University had a separate College of Women. Meanwhile, the University of Newark enrolled women within its College of Arts and Science, its Business School, and its Law School.

Last year, when I looked through the 1937 edition of the University of Newark’s Encore yearbook, I saw women included in the membership and leadership rosters of student clubs, although there were indeed separate student lounges for men and women.

I am African-American, and I became curious if the yearbook might have signs of African-Americans enrolled. That’s how I discovered Louise.

I was flipping through pages and scanning senior class photos. Everyone had a light-skin complexion. Some were a shade darker than the rest, typically matched with names that suggested they were Jewish or had family ancestry from Italy. I stopped when I saw a young woman who reminded me of my Aunt Yvonne, who’s African-American with lighter shade.

Her hair style, facial structure and expression struck me as possibly African-American. Her name was Louise Bullock, a psychology major from Montclair, NJ.

The senior class photos in Encore had home addresses with student photos and names, so my search for her origins began!

I found a Bullock family at her address in 1930 and 1940 census records. The survey records showed me who was living at the address, including their names, their ages, their relationship to the head of household, where they were born, and their racial background.

The Bullock family was “Negro” (African-American). The head of the household was Charles Bullock Sr. Also listed were Mr. Bullock’s spouse and their children. There were a few sons listed and one daughter. However, the only one who seemed about the right age to attend University of Newark in the late 1930s was listed as male and named Louis.

During the next several weeks, a more clear picture emerged. Today, there is a Charles H. Bullock Senior public school in Montclair, which opened in 2010. When I called the school, I learned the school was built on the site of what used to be a YMCA.

I discovered through Google search that Charles Bullock Sr. was an organizer of the colored YMCA movement. He finished his career in Montclair after organizing chapters in states of Virginia, New York, and Kentucky. On a Black history website summarizing who he was, there was a name of a Bullock family historian.

Cheryl is the granddaughter of Louise Bullock’s older brother Charles Jr. She has organized her family’s records, and she has done her own research and presentations on the Bullock family. She quickly solved the mystery in the census records. Louis Bullock in the census was Louise’s twin brother.

While conducting additional research on the University of Newark, I filled in some gaps and can better place the story of Louis Bullock within Rutgers’ history.

- Louise was enrolled first in Dana College, one of the five predecessor institutions of the University of Newark. Her name is on a roster of students as a freshman (day division) ~ 1933.

- Louise would be an upperclassman when Dana College merged with other local institutions to form the University of Newark in 1936.

- Louise was in one of the university's first graduating classes. The university's commencement in 1937 was a significant affair. Honorary degrees were given to leading Newark citizens: prominent businessman and philanthropist Louis Bamberger, and Beatrice Winser, director of both Newark Museum and Newark Public Library.

- In 1937, Louise was one of 16 women among the 34 graduates of the University of Newark’s College of Arts & Sciences.

- Louise is the earliest known Black (African-American) graduate of the University of Newark. However, she isn't the first African-American graduate in Rutgers University-Newark's history. That later distinction belongs to an African-American male from Dana College in the early 1930s, if not another African-American graduate, yet to be discovered, in one of the University of Newark's five predecessor institutions.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s first female of African-American heritage was enrolled in the College of Women, graduating in 1938.

Because she graduated from the University of Newark in 1937, the rediscovered Louise Bullock has surpassed this milestone. She is now the first African-American female graduate in Rutgers’ history.

Quintus Jett, PhD
Newark, NJ

Published in the week of February 27, 2019 edition of The Observer, an independent student newspaper of Rutgers University-Newark

Rutgers University—Newark

Rutgers University—Newark

Celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth with us next Wednesday, March 6 during free period in the Essex Room of PRCC. Meet our invited guest SHEROES who represent the women in our community as they bring forward to the panel the role of Art in Activism or "ARTIVISM" For more information and to RSVP:

John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers-Newark

John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers-Newark

Many of these students were a part of the Conklin Hall takeover and will be coming back to campus on February 21st to speak about their experiences!

CONKLIN HALL TAKEOVER Rutgers University—Newark50th ANNIVERSARY (February 2019)We currently recognize February 1969 as t...

Rutgers University—Newark
50th ANNIVERSARY (February 2019)

We currently recognize February 1969 as the birth of commitment to greater diversity and inclusion at Rutgers University-Newark. Did you know it was more restoration than birth?

Fifty years ago this month (February 1969), the Black Organization of Students took over Conklin Hall. Their demands included greater racial diversity of students and faculty. While African-American and Puerto Rican populations were predominant in Newark by the late 1960s, relatively small numbers were at Rutgers-Newark. There was no evidence of momentum to change.

That changed with the Takeover’s peaceful resolution. Rutgers-Newark adopted public commitments towards greater diversity and inclusion. It was a pivotal moment that guided a transformation of the institution. Yet, there is an earlier and mostly forgotten story, which puts the Conklin Hall Takeover in different perspective.

In 1946, Rutgers-Newark was created by a merger between Rutgers University in New Brunswick and a Newark-based independent university, one with a very progressive mission for its time.

The University of Newark embraced the mission of serving as anchor institution for the city while broadening educational access, much in the way Rutgers University-Newark does today many decades later.

Between 1934-1936, the University of Newark was borne of five local colleges and professional schools: Dana College, the Seth Boyden School of Business, the New Jersey Law School, the Mercer Beasley Law School, and the Newark Institute of Arts and Sciences.

The University of Newark, according to the solicitation materials for its 1938 capital campaign, offered educational opportunity “without regard to race, creed, or color, for young men and women from the lower and middle income levels.” The College of Arts and Sciences of its Class of 1937 had 34 students, where 16 graduates were women. One of graduates was an African-American woman named Louise Bullock of Montclair, New Jersey.

Student enrollment of the University of Newark in the 1930s were a reflection of northern New Jersey. Nearly all were from Newark and nearby towns in the region. Most students were children of immigrants. Most came from lower and middle economic brackets. Without a campus and dormitories, they were all commuters. Many lived nearby with families and were employed, part or full-time, in and around Newark.

However, about a quarter century after the merger with Rutgers, the once University of Newark had lost anchoring to the city of Newark. By the late 1960s, the institution no longer demonstrated its bold aspirations and commitment to the city. It fell short on its original promise of broadening educational access. Its original ambition to supply higher education to nearby young men and women (who would otherwise lack the opportunity) had faded, having retreated with the city of Newark’s growing racial diversity.

Thanks to the Conklin Hall Takeover, which we commemorate now 50 years later, “Rutgers-Newark” began a long journey to reclaim its true identity. Today, according to U.S. News and World Report, Rutgers University-Newark has been ranked for many years as the first among national universities for its diversity. This means that when you are a student enrolled here, you are most likely to encounter (compared to any other university in the United States) another student with a different racial-ethnic background than yours.

If you know about the University of Newark, you better understand why. Learn, embrace, and be proud of the legacies of this institution.

If you are among the students or alumni of Rutgers University-Newark, there are likely elements of your own story in the life of the University of Newark.


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