Dr. Peter Philip Mercer became Ramapo College's fourth president on July 1, 2005.
He previously served as dean of the law school and then as vice president (administration) and general counsel at the University of Western Ontario, where he was a professor of law.
A former visiting research scholar at the University of Michigan, he also has been a faculty member at the University of Calgary, the University of Detroit and the University of Windsor.
has authored, co-authored and edited two books, numerous articles, book chapters and reviews.
recent publications have focused on the legal profession and professional standards as well as the unique features of higher education administration.
L.L.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from the University of Western Ontario
For sixteen years, he also has served as principal instructor in the Senior University Administrators Course held at the Banff Center, Banff Alberta each June and he is a member of the faculty of the Harvard University Seminar for New Presidents held every July.
Dr. Mercer is vice chair of the New Jersey Association of Colleges and Universities and he also is immediate past chair of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities Presidents Council.
He presently co-chairs the Transfer Committee of the New Jersey Presidents' Council.
In addition to the higher education sector, Dr. Mercer's
service also includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey
and the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce
has in the past also held a number of leadership positions with the Children's Hospital
of the Western Ontario Foundation
, including two terms as chair.
During Dr. Mercer's
tenure at Ramapo
, the College has been increasingly regarded as a great value and a superior institution.
has been ranked by US News
and World Report as among the "Best Regional Universities in the North," and by Kiplinger's
Personal Finance Magazine as one of the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges."
is also ranked 13th in the category "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast" of the 2015 Washington Monthly college guide and rankings.
The 2015 Niche Rankings for Best Dorms in New Jersey gives Ramapo
a high ranking for its campus housing.
Over the past several years, Dr. Mercer has led Ramapo College through an ambitious and transformative campus-wide building program that has resulted in the completion of the Anisfield School of Business, the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center, the Overlook and Laurel residence halls, the Sharp Sustainability Education Center, the Salameno Spiritual Center and the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.
The College has recently completed renovation to its academic complex that houses state-of-the-art science and research laboratories and other instructional and social space, in addition to ongoing projects across campus.
Dr. Mercer is married to Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert, a registered dietitian.