Raymond H. Bateman has been a member of the RVCC Board of Trustees since 1978, serving as Chairman for 26 years.
During his tenure as Chairman, Bateman spearheaded the growth, expansion, and success of RVCC. Some of the milestones of his tenure included the agreement with Hunterdon County that established RVCC as the first community college in New Jersey to serve two counties; the construction of the Theatre at RVCC with $2 million in private donations raised to match public funding; the expansion of the College library; the establishment of the first childcare center at a community college in NJ; the opening of the Planetarium; the opening of the Franklin Center; and the establishment of the Somerset County Police Academy on campus.
Bateman, President of Public Affairs Consultants, Inc. in Somerville, served for 19 years in the New Jersey Legislature. He was Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the New Jersey Assembly and New Jersey State Senate and served three terms as President of the Senate. He also served over 100 days as Acting Governor and was the Republican nominee for governor in 1977. As a member of the New Jersey State Senate, he co-authored the legislation that created New Jersey’s community colleges 40 years ago.
Bateman was also a founding co-chair of The Committee to Reinvest in New Jersey’s Community Colleges, which in 1998 persuaded then Governor Christine Todd Whitman to increase state funding to community colleges by $48 million over a four-year period. He was also a co-chair of New Jersey’s Community College’s Team for Tomorrow, a blue-ribbon committee that advocated for the development of part-time tuition aid grants for community college students and a $200 million increase in the Chapter 12 community college construction and building renovation fund.
Ray Bateman received national recognition with the Association of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) 2003 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Award for his leadership role in advancing RVCC and community colleges throughout New Jersey.
In August 2006 Bateman was presented with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ (NJCCC) Community College Spirit Award, recognizing his exemplary service to New Jersey’s community colleges. He was acknowledged for his leadership and service as a co-chairman of Business & Labor for Stronger Community Colleges, a blue ribbon committee that consisted of 40 business and organized labor leaders. The group was charged with promoting the community college role in job growth and economic development, and with advocating for affordable higher education opportunities for all New Jersey residents.
A lifelong resident of Somerset County, Ray Bateman is a graduate of Somerville High School and Wesleyan University. He also attended the graduate program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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