One-hundred-year-old Montclair State University, New Jersey's second-largest university, is the site of construction of two new buildings on its Essex County campus. Over the past 15 years, enrollment has dramatically increased, due to — in Vice President of university facilities Greg Bressler's words — the “outstanding leadership” of President Susan A. Cole.
According to university figures, enrollment has seen a growth of 36 percent, from 13,502 in 2000 to 18,382 in 2012. Despite increasing academic space by 73 percent (to 1.3 million sq. ft.) during that same time frame, Montclair still lags behind its similar universities in space.