interdependence has created unprecedented economic competition on
an international scale; and
in the knowledge-driven economy of the 21st Century will be directly
related to our investment in both human capital and research and
strong and vital higher education system is a critical component
of that investment, and a major factor affecting the competitiveness
of the business sector; and
Board of Higher Education and the Chancellor of Higher Education
have recognized this important relationship, and have instituted
a strategic planning effort and other major initiatives to enhance
the higher education system's contributions to the future of the
quality of the higher education system, as well as the general welfare
of New Jersey, will be strengthened by close collaboration between
the leadership of our higher education and corporate communities;
permanent Statewide organization exists to foster the regular exchange
of ideas about issues of mutual concern or for joint policy and
program development between these two communities; and
Governor, in consultation with the Chancellor, has proposed the
establishment of a Business-Higher Education Forum to serve as a
forum for such exchange and cooperative action.
I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by the
virtue of the authority vested in my by the Constitution a and by
the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
is hereby established a New Jersey Business-Higher Education Forum
(hereinafter "the Forum") which shall be composed of individuals,
appointed by the Governor, who are leaders of New Jersey's business
and higher education communities. The Chair and Vice-Chair of
the Forum shall be designated by the Governor among the Forum's
2. The Forum
is authorized to establish an Executive Committee and to organize
itself in a manner to best carry out its responsibilities. The
Forum is further authorized to establish such task forces or work-groups,
as necessary, to address specific issues as they arise and to
develop policy recommendations pertaining to those issues.
3. The Chancellor
of Higher Education and the Commissioners of Commerce and Labor,
together with the Chair of the State Board of Higher Education
or a member of the State Board of Higher Education designated
by the Chair, shall serve as ex-officio members of the Forum.
The Chancellor of Higher Education shall also serve ex-officio
on the Executive Committee of the Forum.
4. The Forum
shall be in, but not of, the Department of Higher Education. The
Department of Higher Education shall be responsible for providing
staff, consultants and other resources.
5. The Forum
shall advise the Governor, the Legislature, and the citizens of
the State of New Jersey on:
relating to human capital, academic research and development,
and technology transfer;
in which the higher education community can contribute to the
economic growth, and to the quality of life, of the citizens
of of New Jersey.
6. The Forum
specific advice and support to the Board and Chancellor of Higher
Education on higher education's strategic planning, funding
and accountability efforts;
cooperative endeavors across the two sectors that benefit the
economic and social welfare of the State;
such other issues that may arise that are of mutual concern
and of serious importance to New Jersey's future and its citizens.
7. The Forum
shall coordinate its work with existing policy-making groups including,
but not limited to, the following: the State Employment and Training
Commission, the Commission on Science and Technology, and the
New Jersey Council on Job Opportunities.
8. The Forum
is authorized to call upon any department, office, division or
agency of this State to supply it with data and any other information,
personnel or assistance it deems necessary to discharge its duties
under this Order. Each department, office, division or agency
of this State is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent
with law, to cooperate with the Forum and furnish it with such
assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purpose of this Order.
The Attorney General shall act as legal counsel to the Forum.
Order shall take effect immediately.
under my hand and seal this
19th day of June in the Year of Our
Lord, one thousand nine hundred and
ninety-two, and of the Independence
of the United States, the two hundred
James J. Florio
/s/ M. Robert
Chief Counsel to the Governor