Administration and University Relations is an operation of ‘service’ to the Drew community at-large. We are comprised of seven departments and approximately 60 employees. Our departments include the Trustee Coordinator’s Office; Human Resources (HR); Housing, Conferences and Hospitality (HCH); Public Safety; Facilities and Special Projects; Legal Affairs; and the Acorn Academy.
Administration and University Relations also oversees the budgets and general activities of a number of university-wide commissions including the University Sexual Harassment Committee and the University Space Committee. Administration and University Relations operates the Drew University Speakers Forum Series. This office is responsible for securing appropriate legal counsel as needed. In addition, this office is the official liaison on local, state and federal matters.
Land Use Master Plan
The Land Use Master Plan is now available for viewing.
Vice President of Administration and University Relations – Dr. Margaret E. L. (Peggi) Howard
Dr. Howard is responsible for the seven departments that comprise Administration and University Relations. She also oversees all University legal activity and serves as a Presidential advisor on all administrative issues and policies. Dr. Howard is the Drew University liaison on local, state and federal matters. Dr. Howard’s direct reports are listed below.
Administrative Assistant & Insurance Claims Coordinator - Elizabeth (Betty) Bruno
Ms. Bruno manages all administrative functions for this office. She serves as the coordinator for the seven administrative departments for Dr. Howard. In addition, Ms. Bruno is also the insurance claims coordinator, functioning as contact for both internal and external requests on insurance claims and certificate matters. Ms. Bruno also assists the Legal Affairs Director on a daily basis and helps with special projects.
Executive Director of Facilities & Special Projects – Michael (Mike) Kopas
Mr. Kopas is the Executive Director of all University Facilities and Operations. He oversees a campus of 160 acres providing management, technical support and operational service to all University facilities and properties as well as the oversight of the University’s construction activity. Emergency response services are available around the clock and specialized technical assistance and assessment are also provided in areas such as energy management savings, recycling, and labor productivity.
In addition, Mr. Kopas oversees the Thomas H. Kean Lecture Series and serves as a liaison to the town of Madison.
Trustee Coordinator - Patricia (Pat) Schwartz
Ms. Schwartz is the Trustee Coordinator and works closely with the Board of Trustees Chair. Ms. Schwartz handles all activities for the Trustees, including coordinating Board and Committee meetings, special Trustee events and new Trustee orientation.
Executive Director of Housing, Conferences and Hospitality (HCH) – Patricia (Pat) Naylor
Ms. Naylor is the Executive Director of Housing, Conferences and Hospitality. HCH manages the use of all non-academic space, coordinating hundreds of Drew meetings, conferences and related events. These arrangements include a wide spectrum of events, ranging from various faculty and student gatherings, lectures and public conferences, alumni weddings and the annual Alumni/Parents Weekend. HCH coordinates a variety of summer activities such as the Governor’s School for the Sciences and several dozen sports camps, three of which are residential camps that involve about 500 children. HCH also coordinates the placement of all undergraduate and graduate students in on-campus housing in conjunction with residence life.
HCH handles all off-campus housing for faculty and guests and manages all off-campus properties.
Director of Public Safety - Robert (Rob) Lucid
Chief Lucid is the Director of Public Safety, joining Drew in August, 2011. The office of Public Safety is staffed with thirteen full and part-time officers who protect the campus 24 hours a day through means of crime prevention and investigation, fire safety, traffic regulation, enforcement of University regulations and state and local laws. All officers are trained in CPR, Emergency Response, defibrillation and advanced first aid techniques. Officers are also skilled in a variety of other areas, such as Rape Aggression Defense and Defensive Driving. The officers patrol campus by car, foot and bicycle, and when necessary they work closely with the Madison Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
Executive Director of the Acorn Academy - Nancy Opperthauser
Ms. Opperthauser is the Executive Director of the Acorn Academy, formerly known as the Child Development Center. She oversees the Acorn Academy, which opened in 1993 as a benefit to Drew faculty, staff and students. The Academy is state approved and licensed, and all staff meet licensing requirements. The Acorn Academy is located adjacent to campus and offers childcare for infants through six years of age on a full-time or part-time basis. In addition, a kindergarten class was added in the Fall of 2010. The convenient location allows moms and dads to visit their children easily during lunchtime and to attend special holiday events.
Director of Legal Affairs – William (Bill) Brown
Mr. Brown is Drew University’s first in-house counsel. He is responsible for providing general legal support and advice to administration on business matters and strategies, while ensuring the University operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. He develops and edits internal policies, agreements and contracts and advises Human Resources on employment law, labor and benefit issues. Mr. Brown also manages internal disputes and works with outside counsel as needed in matters of litigation.