Frank J. Esposito

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Frank John Esposito (born June 9, 1941) is an American historian, educator, and university administrator. He is the Distinguished Service Professor of History at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. In the 2009 New Jersey gubernatorial race, Esposito was named by independent candidate Christopher Daggett as his ticket's candidate for Lieutenant Governor.


Esposito was born on June 9, 1941 in Ocean City, New Jersey.[1] He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University).[2] He earned a Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University in 1976.[3]

In 1970, Esposito first joined Kean College (then Newark State Teachers College), when he became an assistant professor of educational arts and systems for the College of Education. After receiving his Ph.D. from Rutgers, he was promoted to assistant dean. He later became acting dean for three years. In 1984, he became vice president for Academic Affairs. After working on a national study to evaluate school choice systems, Esposito returned to Kean as a full-time history professor in 1990. He became the first dean of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College in 1998.[4]

In March 2002, Esposito was elected to serve as interim university president while a search was conducted for a permanent president. When Dawood Farahi was chosen, Esposito returned to teaching in the Department of History. He was named interim dean of the College of Education in 2006, serving until 2008.[4]

On July 27, 2009, independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett named Esposito as his running mate. If elected, Esposito would be the first Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.[5] Since Daggett qualified for matching funds, Esposito was eligible to participate in the televised Lieutenant Governor debate with Republican candidate Kim Guadagno and Democratic candidate Loretta Weinberg, held on October 8, 2009.[6][7]

In regards to the accusation that his supporters were wasting their votes, Esposito replied: "[A] vote for our independent ticket is not a wasted vote. In fact, a wasted vote is one for the two major parties knowing that nothing will change in Trenton."[8]

Esposito lives in Ocean Township with his wife, Sherry. He is registered as an independent.[1]

Published works[edit]

Esposito has published seven books:[2]

  • Travelling New Jersey (Wise, 1978)
  • Madison: An Intimate History of A Community in Transition (Compton, 1985)
  • Public School Choice: National Trends and Initiatives (NJ Dept. of Education, 1989)
  • Ocean City, NJ, two volumes, co-author, (Arcadia, 1996, 1998)
  • Victorian New Jersey (Kean University Press, 2005)
  • Manhattan's Musical Heritage, co-author, (Arcadia, 2005)


  1. ^ a b "Daggett Names Lt. Governor". Daggett for Governor. 2009-07-27. Archived from the original on 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  2. ^ a b "Department of History". Kean University. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  3. ^ Esposito, Frank J. (1976). Indian-white relations in New Jersey, 1609-1802. Rutgers University.
  4. ^ a b "Dr. Frank J. Esposito Named Interim Dean of the College of Education" (PDF). Administrative Report. Kean University. 2006-06-26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-30. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  5. ^ "Independent in NJ gov's race selects running mate". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 2009-07-27. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  6. ^ "Daggett picks Kean University administrator for LG". PolitickerNJ. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  7. ^ "N.J. lieutenant governor candidates meet for debate". Philadelphia Inquirer. 2009-10-09. Archived from the original on October 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2009-10-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)