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Tilghman named co-chair of state initiative

New Jersey Governor James McGreevey Monday named President Shirley M. Tilghman co-chair of Prosperity New Jersey, a state initiative aimed at strengthening the economy.

"I am pleased to have been asked to co-chair Prosperity New Jersey and to work with institutions of higher education throughout the state to develop more effective relationships with business, with state government and with our local communities to help meet the demands of a changing economy," Tilghman said.

"I appreciate Governor McGreevey's strong support for these efforts, and his recognition that colleges and universities play a critical role in partnership with others, in creating a climate for innovation in New Jersey and in preparing a workforce that has the skills needed not only in today's economy but also in the economy of the future."

Tilghman was one of three state leaders appointed to head the effort. The Rev. William Watley, secretary of the N.J. Commerce and Economic Growth Commission; and James Carnes, president and chief executive officer of Sarnoff Corp., also will serve as co-chairs.

Prosperity New Jersey , which traditionally has promoted the state's business climate through business and government partnerships, has been refocused to place a stronger emphasis on education.

"Education is economic development," McGreevey said. "What we do in our schools today directly impacts our business climate and our ability to attract good jobs for our people tomorrow."

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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