Princeton U. Announces Plans for School Year

Princeton University has announced that undergraduate students will be invited to spend at least one semester on campus this year. Freshmen and juniors will be invited to spend the fall semester on campus, while sophomores and seniors can spend the spring semester on campus. Graduate students can spend the full year on campus.

Exceptions will be made for students who face housing insecurity or who are enrolled in programs or research that requires them to spend the full year on campus. Any student who does not wish to return to campus can complete the full school year remotely.

The fall semester will start earlier than usual, on August 31, and students will return home at Thanksgiving to complete final exams and written assignments remotely. The traditional week-long spring and fall breaks will be reduced to long weekends. The university is also planning a summer, 2021, program that would allow students to complete certain requirements, such as science courses with a laboratory component, on campus.

Tuition will be discounted by 10 percent, and other fees will be eliminated or pro-rated to reflect the current circumstances. Students and visitors are required to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces on campus and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Students will be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive and regularly thereafter.


Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, 310 Cargnegie Center, Suite 400, Princeton 08540. Michael Mann, partner. 609-452-0808.

Pepper Hamilton, a law firm headquartered in Philadelphia with offices in Carnegie Center, has merged with Troutman Sanders, a firm based in Atlanta.

The merger makes the new firm, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, one of the 50 largest law firms in the country. The merger was delayed from April 1 to July 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Delaying the merger allowed us to prioritize the health and safety of our people,” chair and CEO Steve Lewis said in a statement. “In the interim, our firms have come together in meaningful ways to guide clients through this difficult time. As our industry and indeed all industries continue to grapple with the challenges created by the health crisis, we know that we are stronger as one firm and choose to move forward together.”

The merged firm covers a broad range of legal areas. Troutman had focused on the energy, banking, finance, and insurance industries, while Pepper Hamilton was known for its health care, life sciences, and private equity practices.

Troutman Pepper will have offices in 23 U.S. cities, including Princeton.

Land Preserved

The D&R Greenway Land Trust announced the addition of 58 forested acres to its Plum Brook Preserve in Delaware Township, near Stockton. The 311-acre site now includes five permanently preserved neighboring parcels.

The acquisition was finalized on June 30 in partnership with Delaware Township, NJ Green Acres funds, and a Hunterdon County nonprofit grant.

The 58-acre property belonged to the Joseph Cisek family, whose widow, Joan, sold the land for permanent protection, at a price that included a partial donation of value. “I cannot think of a better way to close out New Jersey Open Space Month than by adding nearly sixty acres to our almost 21,000 acres of green open spaces,” Greenway CEO Linda Mead said.

Agriculturally, the property dates back to the late 1700s. When farming and pasturing were discontinued in the early 1900s a natural conversion to woodlands took place.

Management Moves

West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor 08550. 609-716-1931 Aylin Green, executive director.

Jyotika Bahree

The West Windsor Arts Council has named Jyotika Bahree as the new president of its board of trustees.

Bahree, currently a stay-at-home mother, is a past West Windsor councilwoman and former member of the township’s zoning board. She holds a bachelor’s in economics and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.

“This is a time when we need to come together to collapse boundaries, celebrate our diversity and communicate with one another in new ways,” she says. “Not only does West Windsor Arts Council offer excellent cultural programming, but it is also an active participant in a number of community service projects.”

The Arts Council also named Gina Holland as its board treasurer. Holland currently works at accounting firm Mercadien PC on Quakerbridge Road. She earned a bachelor’s in accounting at Berkley College in New York and a master’s in financial forensics and fraud investigation at Carlow University in Pittsburgh.

“Jyotika and Gina have already made significant contributions to our organization during this time of change. I am inspired by their strong, yet compassionate and flexible leadership,” Aylin Green, executive director of the Arts Council, said in a statement.

Withum, 506 Carnegie Center, Suite 400, Princeton 08540. 609-520-1188. Richard C. Coyne, partner.

Carnegie Center-headquartered accounting firm Withum has named six new partners, several of whom are based in Central Jersey offices.

Jennifer Safeer, Withum’s chief financial officer, is based in the Carnegie Center office. She has 25 years of experience in professional accounting and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgian Court University.

Two new partners are based in the firm’s East Brunswick office: James Berg, part of Withum’s manufacturing, distribution & logistics services and automotive teams, and Joseph Ro, who supports Withum’s assurance and accounting service area specializing in the retail automotive industry.

Ro earned his bachelor’s in accounting at the Ohio State University, and Berg earned his undergraduate degree at the College of New Jersey and master’s in finance at Rutgers.

New in Town

WuXi Biologics, 7 Clarke Drive, Cedar Brook Corporate Center, Cranbury 08512.

WuXi Biologics, a China-based technology company, has signed a 10-year lease for a 68,000-square-foot clinical manufacturing facility in the Cedar Brook Corporate Center in Cranbury. The facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year and bring 100 jobs to the area. JLL negotiated the lease.

The move is one of several the company has made in the past several years to expand its footprint in the United States, including additional manufacturing space in Worcester, Massachusetts, and laboratory space in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The company has three locations in China and one in Singapore and plans to open facilities in Ireland in 2021.

WuXi, founded in 2010, offers an open-access technology platform to aid in the discovery, development, and manufacturing of new biopharmaceuticals.

“Cranbury is a growing hub for the biotech and biopharma industries, and we look forward to working with and serving our partners in the area to benefit patients worldwide,” said Chris Chen, CEO of WuXi Biologics, in a press release.


Henry Read Martin, 94, on June 30. The 1948 Princeton University alumnus was a long-time Princeton resident who spent 45 years as a cartoonist for the New Yorker. He also created illustrations for Princeton Alumni Weekly and other university publications. Many of his works are part of Princeton University Library’s Special Collections. He also served on the boards of SAVE animal shelter, McCarter Theater, and Friends of Princeton Public Library.

Robert Malkin, 64, on June 25. For the past eight years he was a computer analyst for the state Department of Law and Public Safety, Juvenile Justice Commission. He previously was a computer programmer for American Re-Insurance Company on College Road East.

Romus Broadway, 81, on June 23. He was known for writing, photographing, and chronically people and events in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood of Princeton as well as the Italian Americans who lived in Princeton.

Marianne Stankiewicz Battista, 85, on June 27. She taught undergraduate and graduate-level accounting courses at Rider University for 24 years.

John Michel, 62, on July 3. He was an executive with Merrill Lynch before building financial technology firms Bullrun Financial Inc. and Kingston-based CircleBlack Inc.

Charles Maurice Weber, 90, on July 6. He worked at the Gandelman Insurance Agency in Lawrenceville until February of this year.

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