SMLR State Advisory Council

The SMLR State Advisory Council (SAC)

The SMLR State Advisory Council (SAC) is a select group of advisors who provide the Dean and the executive leadership team with insights and perspectives on the goals & priorities of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.

Established by the statute that created the original Institute of Management and Labor Relations in 1947, the SAC is composed of Rutgers alumni and leaders in the management & labor communities as well as the public sector. Members are regionally or nationally prominent in their field with a strong background in public service or community engagement.

The SAC serves a critical role in linking the School’s strategic objectives and activities with the interests of external constituents and stakeholders. The SAC’s primary goal is to help chart SMLR’s course and to advise senior leadership in the pursuit of maximizing the school’s positive impact on management practice, union practice, public policy and society at large.

The SAC will have at least two representatives each from the management & labor communities and the public sector, reflecting the ideal balance of perspectives that are critically important to the School. The SAC will be led by the Dean and have the administrative support of the Dean’s office. Council members serve two-year terms, with the option to renew up to two times at the discretion of the Dean.

The SAC meets twice annually, coinciding with the fall and spring semesters, and utilizing available technology, meetings can be in person or virtual. Members are expected to participate in at least one meeting per fiscal year. Meetings are primarily to conduct strategy discussions related to external relations such as marketing & enrollment, student & alumni engagement, and communications & development.

Council members may also be called on to assist in identifying, and connecting with, other possible SAC members.

The SMLR State Advisory Council members are:

  • Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, State of NJ (Public)
  • Lisa C. Charles, Arbitrator and Mediator (Public)
  • Michael Dragun, Strategic Business & HR Consultant (Management)
  • Aaron Fichtner, President, New Jersey Council of County Colleges (Public)
  • Thomas P. Giblin, Business Manager, IUOE Local 68 (Labor)
  • Lauren Jacobs, Executive Director, Partnership for Working Families (Public)
  • Sheila Rostiac, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, PSE&G (Management)
  • Robert Weakley, Deputy Chief, Human Resources, New Jersey Turnpike Authority (Management)
  • Chris Whalen, Executive Director, Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE)
  • Charles Wowkanech, President, NJ AFL-CIO (Labor)

For more information, please contact Gabrielle Peterson (