Executive Director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy
John Froonjian, Ed.D., is Executive Director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public
Policy at Stockton University. Prior to assuming that position in May 2019, he established
and managed the Stockton Polling Institute, an academic public opinion research center,
in addition to conducting research for the Hughes Center. The Polling Institute specializes
in telephone election polls each fall and conducts surveys for academic research,
online polls, intercept surveys and B2B. Froonjian is an experienced data analyst
and is a quantitative and qualitative researcher and interviewer.
Before joining the Hughes Center in October 2011, he worked for 32 years as a reporter
and editor at The Press of Atlantic City, including as a New Jersey Statehouse political
reporter, investigative reporter, long-term projects reporter and database journalist.
Froonjian, who won at least one journalism or writing award every year from 2000 to
2009, served as the newsroom’s writing coach. He has also published several fiction
He received his doctorate from the Organizational Leadership program at Stockton University
and a Master of Public Administration degree from Rutgers University-Camden. He received
his B.A. degree from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University.
Retired Judge Julio Mendez left the bench in February 2022 after serving in the New
Jersey judiciary for over 20 years. Judge Mendez’s journey began in Cuba, where he
spent the first 14 years of his life before fleeing the country in 1971 during Castro’s
reign. He thereafter lived in Spain for two and a half years under the Francisco Franco
regime. In 1974, he moved to the United States during the Nixon administration. Vineland,
New Jersey has been his home ever since. Learn more