Established in July 2000, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies is a signature effort by Rutgers University to focus the intellectual talent and resources of the institution in service of Newark and its surrounding region. The Cornwall Center encourages and conducts relevant research and hosts learning opportunities aimed at improving the cultural, social, and economic development of the community, city, and region in which the Center resides.
The Center is named after the late Joseph C. Cornwall, a widely respected civic leader and the founding Chair of The Fund for New Jersey. Mr. Cornwall devoted much of his career to advancing the welfare and quality of life of New Jersey’s citizens. To recognize Mr. Cornwall’s civic and philanthropic accomplishments, the Fund for New Jersey established an endowment to support the Cornwall Center and bolster its mission to improve the lives of people who live in cities and the surrounding metropolis.