J. Peter Simon ’75, a member of Lafayette’s board of trustees and co-chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, LLC, Morristown, N.J., was sworn into office in February as one of four new members of the New Jersey State Board of Education. They are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the New Jersey State Senate.
He is chair of the board of Morristown Memorial Health Foundation and serves on the boards of Covenant House New Jersey and Puck Holdings, which owns the New Jersey Devils. He previously served on the boards of Alliance for School Choice, Gladney Center, National Council for Adoption, and the Peck School.
The 13-member state board adopts the administrative code, which sets the rules needed to implement state education law. Such rules cover the supervision and governance of the state’s nearly 2,500 public schools, which serve 1.38 million students. In addition, the board advises on educational policies proposed by the commissioner and confirms department of education staff appointments. Board members serve without compensation for six-year terms.