“This new school of business, its innovatively designed classrooms and specialized instructional spaces, provides an environment for state-of-the-art teaching and learning in the business disciplines,” she said.
The $66 million building was made possible, in part, by the 2012 Investing in Our Future Act, which provided $750 million for the state’s public institutions of higher learning.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno was there to speak on behalf of the state government and gave accolades for the school’s commitment to working with both the government and private business community.
“This is a school that reaches out, this is a school that understands it has to be a part of a larger community and this is a school that makes that work on a level that I don’t think another school in the state of New Jersey has ever done,” she said. “That is hard to replicate and I hope we can do it through the rest of the state.”
Also in attendance were Montclair State alumni and real estate investors Mimi and Edwin Feliciano, for whom the building was named. In her address, Mimi Feliciano encouraged the new students to step up to the challenge the investment in this new facility posed for them.
“I feel so connected to this building and the students especially because 35 years ago, I was one of them,” she said. “There’s nothing that this school doesn’t have that any of the finest business schools in the country have, and (the students) need to show that they, too, are grateful for this opportunity.”
Cole, for her part, was optimistic that would happen.
“As we open this new academic facility, I cannot help but know that, walking in the halls and sitting in one of our new classrooms, is the next Mimi and Eddy,” Cole said.