William Paterson University provides a fascinating
window on the progression of public higher education
over the past one hundred fifty years. Featuring more
than two hundred photographs along with compelling
historical narrative, this commemorative book
chronicles the significant growth and development of
William Paterson University from a normal school and
teachers college to its present stature as a
comprehensive regional university with educational
innovation and exceptional programs. Founded in
1855, the institution began in a Paterson schoolhouse, training teachers for the public schools of Paterson. Today, located on three hundred seventy wooded acres in suburban Wayne, the university offers thirty-one undergraduate and nineteen graduate programs to nearly eleven thousand five hundred students through its five colleges.
About the Author
In William Paterson University, author Vincent N. Parrillo has created a pictorial history that not only captures the faces of those who helped shape the institution but also highlights the university's state-of-the-art resources and long-range master plan for the future. A professor of sociology at William Paterson since 1966, Parrillo is an internationally renowned authority on immigration, multiculturalism, race, and ethnic relations. Among his numerous books is Ridgewood, published in the Images of
America series by Arcadia Publishing.