William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy


Traffic Advisory - Jimmie Leeds Road - Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Today, Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, the portion of Jimmie Leeds Road between Chris Gaupp Drive and Maple Avenue will have alternating traffic patterns, which will most likely result in significant delays. This is directly west of the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center entrance. Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid the area altogether. If exiting from the Parkway, please use Exit 44, which puts you on Pomona Road. Follow signs for Stockton, which takes you to the back entrance of campus.

For a complete list of traffic advisories impacting county roadways, please visit www.aclink.org.




Ambassador Hughes 1932 - 2019

In Memory: Amb. William J. Hughes, 1932 - 2019 

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John Froonjian

John Froonjian, Ed.D., Executive Director

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and Stockton University mourn the passing of Ambassador William J. Hughes

The passing of Ambassador Bill Hughes is a sad loss for me personally and for our democratic society at large. South Jersey, and indeed the nation, has lost a great statesman. His story is forever tied to the recent history of this region. As our 2nd District representative, Congressman Hughes was a leader on the environment, ocean quality, pinelands preservation, and keeping what is now the William J. Hughes Technical Center from moving to Oklahoma. He was a national leader on legislation concerning guns, crime, aging issues and trademark and copyright law. But the most powerful lesson in today’s era of political tribalism and partisan warfare may be that politicians could be civil and bipartisan and still be effective.

Amb. Hughes with John Froonjian

He treated everyone regardless of party with courtesy and respect, and his gentlemanly approach helped improve many lives. It is no wonder President Bill Clinton relied on Ambassador Hughes’ diplomatic skills to prepare a smooth transfer of the Panama Canal to Panamanian control.  His decency and advocacy of South Jersey endeared him to countless people in this region.

The Hughes Center for Public Policy mourns the passing of our namesake, our mentor and our friend. We rededicate our efforts to promote civic engagement and civility in our public conversations to the memory of Ambassador Hughes.


The Hughes Center's Vision and Mission

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University serves as a catalyst for research on public policy and economic issues facing southern New Jersey. The Center provides a forum for public discussion of policy issues to engage citizens and policy makers, frame policy issues in a manner that encourages broader civic engagement, and strengthen the voice of Southern New Jersey in public debate.The Center enjoys broad regional support embodied in an Advisory Board of prominent citizens throughout the region.

The Center also sponsors research projects designed to educate New Jersey residents and policy makers about our environmental resources, community development and citizen engagement. These projects incorporate the expertise of faculty leaders at Stockton University in collaboration with members of the Hughes Center to inspire broader citizen engagement and more effective participation in public policy matters. The Hughes Center welcomes opportunities to collaborate with organizations and individuals who lead similar initiatives or wish to engage in a partnership. Learn more

Ambassador William J. HughesLate Ambassador William J. Hughes