Welcome to William Paterson University. I am honored to serve as the eighth president of one of New Jersey’s leading comprehensive public universities and to be a member of this active community of dedicated students, teachers, scholars, staff, and alumni.

The productive collaborations between faculty and students, the scholarly achievements and innovative teaching techniques of our faculty, and the dedication of staff members who are committed to the shared goal of student success are hallmarks of the William Paterson educational experience. As a first-generation college student like so many William Paterson students, as well as someone whose education was provided by public universities, I am particularly proud of the significant role the University plays in the lives of our students and the region.

Our more than 10,000 students benefit from a breadth of undergraduate and graduate academic offerings, top-notch facilities, small classes, and individualized attention from faculty mentors. Numerous research, internship, and clinical experiences, as well as extracurricular and civic engagement activities, extend learning beyond the classroom.

As we chart our path forward, we are guided by our commitment to our core values—academic excellence, creating knowledge, student success, diversity, and citizenship—and by the crucial role William Paterson University plays as a public institution in preparing students to become successful professionals and citizens. I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our excellent academic programs and thriving campus. 

Richard J. Helldobler