Robin Walton, of Burlington, N.J., director of Community and Government Affairs at Thomas Edison State College, was honored by Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) with its 2012 Salute to the Policy Makers Award on May 17, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.
Founded in 1980, EWNJ is where New Jersey’s executive women connect and collaborate across all sectors to share experiences, develop relationships and build their businesses. Since the organization’s founding, EWNJ has given out more than $1.1 million in scholarships to deserving New Jersey women pursuing advanced degrees.
“I am honored to be chosen to receive the EWNJ Salute to the Policy Makers Award,” said Walton. “It is a privilege to be recognized by this renowned organization for my work in community and government affairs in support of public higher education in the state of New Jersey.”
Walton serves as the first vice chair for the Board of Directors for Children’s Specialized Hospital and represents the hospital on the Board of Robert Wood Johnson Healthcare Corporation. She is a member of Greater Mercer Public Health Community Advisory Board. Walton is Thomas Edison State College’s institutional representative for the New Jersey American Council on Education Network and chair of the College’s chapter. She serves on the national Higher Education Government Relations Task Force. Walton also is on the Board for Trenton Public Education Foundation.
Since its founding, EWNJ has championed the advancement of women to the most senior levels of international corporations, nonprofits and public service firms. “At this year’s ‘Salute to the Policy Makers’ event, we will celebrate the professional accomplishments of 36 exceptional New Jersey executives,” said EWNJ President-Elect and 2012 Salute Dinner Chair Keitha M. Lackey, who also serves as a director for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. “It is my honor and pleasure to serve as chair for this year’s gala, which serves a dual purpose: honoring an outstanding group of women and benefiting an excellent cause.”
Proceeds from the biennial event will fund EWNJ’s scholarship program, which has provided scholarships to more than 350 deserving New Jersey women enrolled in advanced degree programs at New Jersey institutions since instituting the program in 1986 as well as other programs that advance women.
Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Networks and chairman of the Board, Liz Claiborne Inc., will serve as guest speaker for the event and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is serving as this year’s Distinguished Honorary Dinner Chair.
About Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Further information about admission to the College may be obtained by calling (888) 442-8372, via e-mail at [email protected] or by visiting the College Web site at www.tesc.edu.