Hughes Center Honors 2019 recipients Ike Ejikeme, Gov. James J. Florio, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, Sharon Schulman and Mark Giannantonio.

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GALLOWAY – Ike Ejikeme, a former Stockton University student board of trustee member now working with the Department of Homeland Security, was honored by the university at the Hughes Center Honors event at the Seaview Hotel Thursday, Nov. 14.

About 400 guest attended the event where former New Jersey governors James Florio and Christine Todd Whitman received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Mark Giannantonio, president and chief executive of Resorts Casino Hotel and Sharon Schulman, the founding executive director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, were also honored.

Ejikeme was second African-American in university history to serve as a student representative on the board of trustees.

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Ejikeme, who graduated from Stockton in 2018. After earning dual bachelor and master’s degrees in criminal justice, he took a position with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he works on the department’s Citizenship and Immigration Services Intelligence Database.

Ike Ejikeme. Photo courtesy of Stockton University

“I accepted this position in May and started about a week after graduating,” Ejikeme said in an interview posted on Stockton’s website. “I have been in this position for the past six months and plan on staying within Department of Homeland Security for a while as I continue to learn and gain experience. I have also considered going back for a doctoral degree, but right now my plan is to work and gain experience as mentioned.”

The Jersey City native serving two years in the Stockton Student Senate while a student. He was also president of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., where he founded the I-Phi Food charity drive.

In 2016, Ike received the Stockton University Greek Leader of Distinction award and was named the Stockton NAACP Chapter’s Outstanding Male Leader of the Year in 2015. He also worked as an Admissions Ambassador and as a Stockton Polling Institute interviewer.

“At Stockton, I founded the ‘I-Phi Food Drive’ which is dedicated to collecting canned goods to be donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission,” Ejikeme said. “I also served as the regional graduate affairs coordinator for my fraternity.

Hughes Center Honors 2019 recipients Ike Ejikeme, Gov. James J. Florio, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, Sharon Schulman and Mark Giannantonio.

“In my commitment to community engagement, I dedicate my summers to volunteering with the American Legion Jersey Boys State Program; I was a 2011 alumnus,” he added.

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University serves as a catalyst for research, analysis and innovative policy solutions on the economic, social and cultural issues facing New Jersey. The center is named for the late Ambassador William J. Hughes, whose distinguished career included service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ambassador to Panama and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stockton College. The Hughes Center can be found at and can be followed on Twitter: @hughescenter.

Photo courtesy of Stockton University.

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