UCNJ’s Board Welcomes New Member Sandra Rice

Cranford, NJ – The UCNJ Union College of Union County, New Jersey Board of Governors swore in five new members this fall including Ms. Sandra Rice, of Plainfield. At a joint meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel welcomed the new members to the meeting and initiated their swearing in.

Ms. Rice is Vice President of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships at Coqual. Coqual is a global, non-profit organization that addresses bias and uncovers barriers to advancement for underrepresented populations in the workplace. Ms. Rice is also a member of the College’s Foundation Board and has the distinction of being one of three women who established the Foundation’s Close the Gap Campaign. This strategic campaign seeks to provide additional support to UCNJ’s African American students to help close the achievement gap. Since its inception more than eight years ago, the Close the Gap has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that goes to direct student support. Ms. Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at San Jose State University and a master’s in media studies from the New School.

“I am thankful that Sandra is a part of this stellar class of new members to the College’s Board of Governors. As evidenced by her visionary leadership with the Close the Gap Campaign, Sandra understands the value and importance of equity in access to education. I am grateful that she is expanding her commitment to the College by joining this Board, and I know she will add tremendous value,” stated Chairman Richel.

UCNJ is a public, comprehensive community college that provides quality, affordable, accessible educational programs to the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 18 two-year colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities. UCNJ provides many experiential learning opportunities such as access to a Bloomberg Business Center, Innovation Center, and Student Research hub. Additionally, students at UCNJ attend one of the top 25 community colleges in the country for 2023 and a top 150 for 2025 as designated by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. To learn more, visit www.ucc.edu.