Montclair State Rededicates College Hall in Honor of Retiring President Susan A. Cole

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Published July 3, 2021
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Student ambassadors conduct tours of the building following the ceremony. Jennifer Portorreal | The Montclarion

Montclair State University’s board of trustees held a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 22, to rename College Hall in honor of retiring President Susan A. Cole.

The honor is in recognition of her impact on the university, in addition to its evolution under her 23 years of leadership. The expansion and renovation of the 113-year-old historic building is one of Cole’s achievements during her time at the institution.

Francis M. Cuss, the board of trustees chair, began the ceremony by acknowledging Cole’s contribution to the transformation of the university.

“It is fitting that we rededicate College Hall to formally honor President Cole, who, as the university’s eighth president and first female president, has led the university through its remarkable period of growth and transformation,” Cuss said.

During the ceremony, Cole gave a speech emphasizing her gratitude to Cuss and the board of trustees for the unconditional support she received over the last years.

“I do wanna thank, from the bottom of my heart, the board of trustees,” Cole said. “They have, over the years of my tenure, they have been unbelievably supportive of me. I could not have led the university as I did, if they have not been so solidly in my corner.”

Cole also expressed to the board, students and faculty how grateful she feels to leave the institution knowing she did everything she could during the last 23 years.

“I feel grateful that I can leave the institution, knowing that I did do everything I could do and I’m satisfied with that,” Cole said. “And I also know that what I did was only what a whole a lot of other people did. I could not have gone to point A to point B without the extraordinary people who worked at Montclair State and who have worked by my side.”

Cole ended the speech by explaining how confident she feels about the incoming president and the future of the institution.

“It will continue to growth and develop under new leadership,” Cole said. “I think the incoming president, Jonathan Koppell, will be dynamic and splendid and fabulous and in all kind of ways do wonderful things for the institution.”

College Hall renamed as Susan A. Cole Hall Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Portorreal

College Hall has been renamed to Susan A. Cole Hall to honor retiring President Susan A. Cole.
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Members of the Montclair State community gathered to celebrate the renaming. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Portorreal

Members of the Montclair State community gather to celebrate the renaming.
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The Montclair State community gathered to honor retiring President Susan A.Cole at the renaming commencement of College Hall. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Portorreal

The Montclair State community gather to honor retiring President Susan A. Cole at the renaming ceremony of College Hall.
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Chair of the Board of Trustees, Francis M. Cuss gave welcoming remarks at the renaming ceremony of College Hall. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Portorreal

Francis M. Cuss, chair of the board of trustees, gives welcoming remarks at the renaming ceremony of College Hall.
Jennifer Portorreal | The Montclarion

President Cole thanked Cuss and the Board of Trustees for the unconditional support received during her years at the university. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Portorreal

President Cole thanks Cuss and the board of trustees for the unconditional support she received during her years at the university.
Jennifer Portorreal | The Montclarion

President Cole smiles and waves to the attendees after closing remarks. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Portorreal

Cole smiles and waves to the attendees after closing remarks.
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Cole smiles and greets guests at the ceremony. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Portorreal

Cole smiles and greets guests at the ceremony.
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