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NJ Governor Christie Visits NJIT to Spotlight $86m Building Renovation

New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie today visited the NJIT campus to spotlight the ongoing renovation of NJIT's Central King Building (formerly Newark’s Central High) into a state-of-the art technology center.  Funding for the effort – $86 million—resulted from passage last November of New Jersey’s largest-ever bond issue to benefit higher education.  NJIT President Joel S. Bloom and NJIT Board of Trustee President and alumnus Steve DePalma each spoke briefly before New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks introduced the governor.

Christie then highlighted his commitment to higher education spending as the best way to stop the brain drain and keep NJ’s high school students home.  He touted the newest NJIT facility, the largest single project supported by funds from the Building Our Future Bond Act. The Central King Building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art STEM teaching and learning hub to provide technological resources bolstering NJIT’s research, instructional, and academic support programs.

Once completed in 2016, the renovated 220,000 square-foot Central King Building, built in 1911, will become a campus and community landmark that houses a Center for Innovation and Discovery, a Biological Sciences Education and Research Center and teaching and learning centers.  This building will overflow with spaces to facilitate hands-on application of science and technology, spur innovation and encourage cross- and multi-disciplinary collaboration.  NJIT’s Central King Building will embody a convergence of engineering, technology, and the life sciences—three of the most rapidly growing areas of workforce demand and economic development for New Jersey.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.