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Since 2011, the RVCC Foundation has engaged individuals, businesses and corporations, and foundations in the College's most ambitious capital campaign ever conducted, and has raised $2,400,000 in cash and pledges to support the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership. The RVCC Foundation continues to engage members of the business community and individual donors to honor the College's pledge to the Boards of Chosen Freeholders and to raise funds to complete the third floor.

The total projected cost of construction for the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership will be $6,200,000. The Boards of Chosen Freeholders of Somerset and Hunterdon County have issued bonds, on behalf of RVCC, totaling $5,900,000. The State is paying $3, 150,000 of the debt service on these bonds. The Boards of Chosen Freeholders have assumed the other portion of the debt service costs totaling $2,750,000, with the understanding that the RVCC Foundation will repay the Boards of Chosen Freeholders by 2021.

"Ray Bateman was the heart and soul of Raritan Valley Community College, guiding the College from its infancy to become a nationally recognized institution of higher learning. In his four decades on the Board of Trustees, including 26 years as chairman, he left his mark on all aspects of the College, tirelessly advocating for academic excellence, affordable tuition, state-of-art facilities and diversity on campus.

It's hard to imagine RVCC without Ray Bateman, but we are fortunate to have the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership to remind us of his extraordinary service to the College and the state of New Jersey. The building stands as a tribute to a remarkable leader, who spent a lifetime creating opportunities for students to grow, dream and succeed in life."
RVCC Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Wise  

"As the driving force behind the law creating the community college system in New Jersey, Ray was committed to opening up access to higher education to all New Jersey residents regardless of their backgrounds or financial circumstances. He never wavered in his commitment to keeping community college tuition affordable while setting high academic standards. The Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership stands as a wonderful legacy to Ray's lifetime of commitment to enriching lives through the power of education."

Dr. Paul J. Hirsch, a life-long friend and member of the RVCC Board of Trustees  


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