Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton 08540. 609-921-7100, director and dean. www.rider.edu/wcc.
Matthew R. Shaftel, dean and director of the Westmister Choir College’s Princeton campus, is leaving the embattled institution to become dean of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.
The future of the choir college is in doubt as Rider University has announced it intends to sell the college, after an earlier plan to consolidate the college’s Princeton campus with Rider’s main campus in Lawrenceville was met with protest from staff, students, and alumni. The latest plan to sell the college has also been sharply opposed. Rider officials have said they plan to sell the choir college because the university has been suffering as a result of decreasing enrollment.
Shaftel has been dean since 2015. As dean, Shaftel was in charge of academic affairs for the college, which has been a part of Rider University since 1992.
NJM Insurance Group, 301 Sullivan Way, West Trenton 08628. 609-883-1300. Bernie Flynn, president. www.njm.com.
For the first time in its 104-year history, the NJM Insurance Group has a chief operating officer. Mitchell A. Livingston has been named COO and general counsel, replacing Robert H. Zetterstrom in the latter role. Livingston was previously executive vice president and corporate counsel. He has been with the company since 2006 and was previously a partner in a Trenton-based law firm and a deputy attorney general for the state Department of Banking and Insurance.
“The promotion of Mitch Livingston to chief operating officer recognizes his leadership and commitment to our mission of providing value-based insurance solutions for the benefit of our policyholders,” NJM CEO Bernie Flynn said. “His industry knowledge, focus on serving customers, and strong belief in the mutual concept — which has guided our company for more than 100 years — makes him the clear choice to lead our day-to-day operations.”
Princeton University, 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton 08544. 609-258-3000. Christopher Eisgruber, president. www.princeton.edu.
Princeton University has named Margaret R. Martonosi, a computer science professor, as the director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, replacing Mung Chaing, who is moving to a new job at Purdue. (U.S. 1 May 17)
Martonosi has a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell and a doctorate from Stanford. Her research has focused on the interface between software and hardware in computers, including applications in energy-efficient and mobile computing.
“As Keller Center director, I look forward to leading its next chapter, and to making sure our students and faculty have the support they need to catalyze impactful change in engineering education, and more broadly in how technology impacts society at large,” Martonosi said.
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New Jersey Economic Development Authority, 36 West State Street, Box 990, Trenton 08625. 609-858-6700. Melissa Orsen, CEO. www.njeda.com.
Technology and biotech companies that have yet to turn a profit can find a source of funding through a tax certificate program run by the state economic development authority.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has begun accepting applications online for this year’s New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program. Emerging technology and biotechnology companies interested in applying should visit www.njeda.com/nol. Companies must apply online by June 30.
Administered by the EDA and the New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Division of Taxation, the Net Operating Loss (NOL) Program allows eligible technology and life sciences companies to sell unused New Jersey net operating losses and research and development tax credits to unrelated profitable corporations.
To date, more than 500 companies have been approved for awards totaling over $905 million. Last year 40 companies were approved to sell $35 million in benefits.
CytoSorbents, a Deer Park Drive-based biotech company, has turned to the NOL Program multiple times to raise capital as it commercializes its blood purification technology. Cytosorbents CEO Phillip Chan said the NOL Program “will help CytoSorbents continue its international mission to help save the lives of critically-ill and cardiac surgery patients suffering from deadly inflammation.”
Unprofitable New Jersey-based technology or biotechnology companies with fewer than 225 U.S. employees (including parent company and all subsidiaries) must meet several requirements to be eligible for the NOL program, including having a pending patent, copyright or license for its core technology; it must have financial statements for the two most recent full years of operation compiled, reviewed or audited by an independent CPA firm; and it cannot have been profitable in the last two years.
Garbage Truck Ahead? ‘Move Over’ Is the Law
Garbage trucks have been added to the list of vehicles protected by New Jersey’s “Move Over” law that requires motorists to slow down or change lanes to give space to police cars, ambulances, tow trucks, highway maintenance trucks, and fire trucks stopped on the roadway.
On May 1, Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law. The law is named after Michael Massey, an Ocean Township sanitation worker who was hit by a car and killed while unloading his truck in 2013.
Drivers who break the expanded law face fines of $100 to $500.
Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company LLC, 47 Hulfish Street, Suite 320. Princeton 08542. 609-924-9775. Jay Biggins, executive managing director. www.blsstrategies.com.
Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, a relocation consulting firm based on Hulfish Street, has expanded its reach by opening a San Francisco Bay-area office in Walnut Creek, California.
The firm also has offices in New York, Chicago, and Ohio in addition to its Princeton headquarters. Managing director Andy Shapiro will oversee the new location.
“We have witnessed tremendous interest from companies presently located in the Mountain West or anticipating growing jobs and making investments in the region,” Shapiro said. “Our new office enables BLS & Co. to better serve our existing and our new clients; I am pleased to be leading the change.”
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Intelent, 500 Alexander Park, Suite 102, Princeton 08540. 609-832-0000, www.intelent.com.
Intelent, a data processing company, has opened an office in Alexander Park.
Branford Hall Career Institute, 3620 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton 08619. 732-448-2600. Phillip Orlando. www.branfordhall-us.com.
Branford Hall Career Institute, a technical school, has moved from Route 1 to Quakerbridge Road.
CNA Insurance Company (CNA), 500 College Road East, Suite 401, 08540. 609-524-7000. Peter Wilson, president and COO, CNA Specialty. www.cna.com.
CNA Insurance Company has moved from River Road, Cranbury, to a suite at 500 College Road East. The phone number has changed.
GDS Inc. (Gramieri Design Services Inc.), 1100 Cornwall Road, Monmouth Junction 08852. 732-274-9540. Frank Gramieri, president. www.gdsinc.net.
The architecture firm has moved from Georges Road to 1100 Cornwall Road.
Houser & Alison, 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 300, Princeton 08540. 609-951-8729, www.houser-law.com.
Houser and Alison, a law firm with 12 offices around the country, has moved its office from Vaughn Drive to Carnegie Center. The firm specializes in business law, real estate law, and related areas.