RFS Faculty, Staff, & Friends
The Rutgers Future Scholars Faculty and Staff is a notable model of University-Community partnerships.
Our full-time staff is comprised of former certified elementary and secondary teachers, school counselors, community activists, university instructors, curriculum developers, early childhood education specialist, and early college program developers, and university-level educational support administrators. We continuously identify innovative and relevant professional development enrichment for our RFS leadership and stakeholders to assure understanding of transition issues, admission and graduation requirements, and identify culturally responsive curricular offerings and teaching methodologies.
Utilizing the rich and varied resources within the research laboratories, academic departments, and pre-college programs throughout Rutgers University and the community we provide college level exposure, enrichment and, early college course credit for Future Scholars. Our faculty is composed of a rich variety of academic fields from Law, English, Engineering, Science, Philosophy, Fine and Performing Arts, Nursing, including Secondary teachers from Mathematics, English, Humanities, and the Sciences.
Additionally, partnering with business and community organizations allows us to build the scholars professional and personal network of resources to connect the classroom with the world of work.
Mr. Courtney McAnuff joined Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey June 2006 as Vice President for Enrollment Management. Vice President McAnuff area of scope and function covers Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Academic Records, Registration, Retention Programs, and Early Awareness Outreach. He served at Eastern Michigan University, most recently as the Vice President for Enrollment Services, with an impacting career spanning from 1980 to 1995. Prior, he spent his formative years at the State University of New York at Farmingdale.
Vice President McAnuff serves as a consultant and provides service activities to numerous prestigious Board of Directors, Advisory Boards, Universities and Colleges, also testifying before the US House of Representatives and the New Jersey Senate. He has been awarded Chancellor’s Awards for Most Outstanding Administrator-State University of New York System; Administrator of the Year by Student Government at Eastern Michigan University, Gold Medallion Award-Eastern Michigan University, twice Administrator of the Year, Boss of the Year Award, Outstanding Achievement Award by Multicultural Center and many other distinguished awards.
Vice President McAnuff is an outstanding leader focused on bringing into Rutgers outstanding leadership and new programs such as his commitment to Rutgers Future Scholars.
Director, Rutgers Future Scholars
Aramis provides university-wide leadership for the Rutgers Future Scholars program. One of his major roles as director is building academic alliances with key school, university, community, government and corporate partnerships. He also collaborates with program staff and partners in developing program curriculum, communication strategies, strategic planning, evaluation and assessment, fundraising, and exploring program replication on a national level. He has a background as a certified teacher and school counselor providing service to students and families in both Trenton and Princeton, NJ and has received numerous awards for his contributions to teaching and learning. Aramis has served as a presenter at numerous regional and national forums on college access, community engagement, and education.
Under Aramis' leadership, RFS has served nearly 1400 Scholars to date, boasts a 98% high school graduation rate, 96% college enrollment rate. Rutgers Future Scholars has raised over 5 million dollars to date through grants and donations. Most importantly through a collective effort, is cultivating a pipeline of creative, civically-minded, and talented Scholars.
Additional key executive personnel:
Michael Marion, Associate Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Rutgers University Foundation. Mike Marion joined the Rutgers University Foundation in April of 2007 as a director in the Corporate and Foundation Relations group, and now leads the organization as its Associate Vice President, with responsibility for corporate and foundation philanthropic giving and stewardship across the university. Prior to joining Rutgers, Mike had a distinguished career in advertising, marketing, sponsorship management, fundraising, and event marketing industries, including 17 years at AT&T. He holds a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Elena Ragusa, Research Analyst: Dr. Ragusa is a trained social scientist with extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods, organizational and community psychology, program assessment and systems evaluation. Her areas of research include post-secondary access and success, pre-college programming, youth development, social responsibility, and group dynamics in times of organizational uncertainty. Her teaching includes community psychology, group dynamics, social psychology, and evaluation methods. Dr. Ragusa earned dual bachelor’s degrees from Rutgers University. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.