Municipality of Princeton selects new administrator (updated)

Bernard Hvozdovic Jr.

Bernard Hvozdovic Jr., the manager of South Brunswick Township, has been named the new administrator of Princeton. He will begin his new job on or about May 3.

Hvozdovic, a Kingston resident and graduate of South Brunswick High School, has served as the manager for South Brunswick since 2011. Previously, he worked as a lawyer, running his own law firm.

“Princeton has been my second home for over 40 years, as I have lived just over the border in South Brunswick,” Hvozdovic said in a written statement. “This will be an exciting and challenging time for Princeton as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. The residents and the business community have struggled over the last year. I am passionate about municipal government and very much look forward to working with Mayor Freda and Council. Together, we can address the adaptive challenges ahead as we look to shape the future of Princeton post-pandemic.”

Hvozdovic earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University and his law degree from the Delaware Law School. He later earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. He still serves as a lawyer in his spare time, providing pro-bono legal services to children and young adults with special needs and adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s. He has also coached youth sports and mentored the South Brunswick High School Moot Court Team.

“Bernie’s passion for public service and commitment to Princeton were evident early on in the search as was his vast experience in dealing with the key issues that Princeton will face in the months and years ahead,” said Princeton Mayor Mark Freda. “We are excited to begin our work together.” 

Hvozdovic replaces Marc Dashield, who announced in October that he would retire this spring. Former Princeton Administrator Bob Bruschi is serving as the interim administrator for Princeton until Hvozdovic starts his new position. The hire was announced in an email to municipal employees on Thursday.