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John Thurber

John Thurber

Vice President of Public Affairs

Prior to his appointment as vice president, Mr. Thurber served as the founding director of the University’s John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy and its predecessor, the Trenton Office of Policy Studies.

He previously served for seven years with the N.J. Department of the Public Advocate, where he pursued public interest litigation involving consumer rights, community development, the environment, beach fees and other cases. Thurber has received the Shining Star Award from the American Cancer Society as well as the Program Development Award from the Leadership New Jersey Graduate Organization. He was selected as "Man of the Year" by the N.J. Association of Family Food Centers.

Mr. Thurber currently serves as chair of the Mercer County Improvement Authority and chair of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. He is a past chair of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Trenton Downtown Association and the Mercer unit of the American Cancer Society. He serves as a member of the board of Capital Health, the Center of Theological Inquiry and the Bunbury Fund. 

Mr. Thurber resides in Lawrence Township, NJ with his wife, Connie Cloonan, and have two adult children, Patrick and Elizabeth.


Family, travel, community activities and reading.

First Year at TESU Foundation: 1991


BA, Economics, Hampshire College

JD, Rutgers University School of Law - Newark