Dr. Kathryn A. (Kate) Foster became the 16th president of The College of New Jersey in 2018. A native of New Jersey and a scholar-educator with over thirty-five years of experience in higher education, Foster comes to TCNJ from the University of Maine at Farmington where she served as president from 2012 to 2018. Prior to the presidency, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy division of the Brookings Institution, on research leave from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her academic home from 1993 to 2012.
Foster earned her B.A. in geography from The Johns Hopkins University, her M.C.P. (city planning) from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in public and international affairs from Princeton University. She has been on both sides of the interview equation and remains intrigued by how biases and intangibles may drive outcomes.