​Capitalizing on its current momentum, the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology and President Farvardin have set the course for transforming the university into an internationally recognized center of excellence in education, research, and technological innovation.

 The President’s Leadership Council, a distinguished cadre of extremely accomplished thought leaders from academe, industry, and the non-profit sectors, has been established to complement and propel the work of the Board of Trustees. Members of this Council will lend their varied perspectives and broad and deep expertise to provide guidance to the President and the Board as they navigate the abundant opportunities and ongoing challenges that lie ahead for the university. The President’s Leadership Council will work alongside President Farvardin with liaison to the Board of Trustees and frequent communication on a broad range of strategic and “over the horizon” issues. Its members serve as advisors, counselors, and guides to the university with the goal of agility and innovation toward significant progress for Stevens.

Members of The President’s Leadership Council

Jeff Ansary HeadshotJeff Ansary

Managing Director, Ansaco LLC and CEO & President, The Ansary Foundation, Inc.

Jeff Ansary is Managing Director of Ansaco LLC, a private merchant bank organized in 2014, and focused on the middle market in manufacturing, technology, and commercial real-estate. His prior experience includes twenty years in finance, M&A and hospitality & real estate development, with his last 10 years at Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Marriott International.  
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Steven I. Bandel HeadshotSteven I. Bandel


Steven I. Bandel is the former Co-Chairman and CEO of the Cisneros Group of Companies, one of the largest privately held media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products organizations in the Hispanic world. 
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David M. Bonifacic, Sr. HeadshotDavid M. Bonifacic, Sr.

Managing Principal, CEO and Co-founder, WB Engineers+Consultants

David Bonifacic is managing principal of WB Engineers+Consultants, a mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEP) engineering firm. He oversees the business strategy for all four of the firm’s offices. Under Mr. Bonifacic’s leadership, the firm has grown organically from three to 125 team members and has expanded beyond its core services of MEP engineering to include civil engineering, commissioning, technology consulting, and real estate transactions.
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Marques Brownlee HeadshotMarques K. Brownlee

Independent Web Video Producer

Marques Brownlee — also known as MKBHD — is a video producer, host, tech-reviewer, and Internet personality best known for his technology-focused YouTube channel (6m+ subscribers), one of the fastest growing channels on the platform. Mr. Brownlee started uploading to YouTube nine years ago while still in high school and combines a deep devotion to his viewers with an easy-to-understand style to make technology accessible to anyone. 
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Nate Davis HeadshotNate Davis

Executive chairman of the board of directors, Stride, Inc.

Nate Davis, executive chairman of the board of directors of Stride, is a seasoned leader of transformational telecommunications, media and software development companies, with a record of improving operations, launching innovative new products and strengthening relationships with legislative and regulatory authorities.
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Frank M. Fawzi HeadshotFrank M. Fawzi

CEO, IntelePeer

Frank Fawzi is chief executive officer at IntelePeer, a cloud communications platform company based in San Mateo, CA. He has been a guiding force in driving the company’s efforts to become a leading innovator of communications services and applications. As a result, the company has received numerous awards for its products, customer service and leadership over the past several years, including being named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing U.S. companies and to the Deloitte Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50 Rising Star list.
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Alan M. Huffenus HeadshotAlan M. Huffenus

Retired Chairman and CEO, PRecision Engineered Products

Alan Huffenus is the retired Chairman and CEO of Precision Engineered Products, a manufacturer of surgical instruments and electrical control products with 1,500 employees in 12 facilities in the US, China, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Huffenus retired in December 2015 after a 41 year career with the company, where he started as an engineer in 1975.  In 1987, Mr. Huffenus was appointed Divisional President of Brainin, a subsidiary of Precision Engineered Products.  In 2003, he became a shareholder of Precision Engineering Products with private equity partners and was elected to the Board of Directors.  In 2010, Mr. Huffenus was appointed Chief Executive Officer.  
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George Jenkins HeadshotGeorge Jenkins

President, Merritt Capital Corporation

George Jenkins is president of Merritt Capital Corporation, a private investment vehicle. From 1987 to 2006 he served as general partner and chief operating officer of Apax Partners LLP, a private equity investment group. Mr. Jenkins began his career in the banking industry at Midlantic Bank, where he served as vice president and representative for Midlantic Bank in Europe, based out of London, and subsequently headed its activities in Asia. Upon returning to the U.S., he served as division head of the Special Industries and Technology Group and was responsible for one of its three principal commercial lending groups, its business as an intermediary and its investment in private equity limited partnerships.
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Chris Levendos HeadshotChristopher D. Levendos


Chris Levendos is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Crown Castle’s Network Organization, responsible for the oversight of their national fiber and small cell infrastructure network. Crown Castle’s comprehensive portfolio of towers, small cells, and fiber gives people and communities access to essential data, technology and wireless service and opens the door to countless opportunities and possibilities. Chris is based in White Plains, NY.
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Jack Lipinski HeadshotJack Lipinski

President and CEO, CVR Energy, Inc

Jack Lipinski is president and chief executive officer of CVR Energy, Inc., an energy holding company, and CVR Refining LP, a petroleum refining M.L.P. He also serves as the executive chairman of CVR Partners LP, a nitrogen fertilizer M.L.P. All three companies are publicly traded on the NYSE. He is a member of the board of Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
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Christine Ann Miller HeadshotChristine Ann Miller

President and CEO, Melinta Therapeutics

Christine Ann Miller has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of Melinta Therapeutics since August 2020. Ms. Miller is a global pharmaceutical veteran with more than 20 years of experience in life sciences. Ms. Miller also serves on the Board of Directors of IVERIC bio, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for retinal diseases.

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John W. O'Donnell HeadshotJohn W. O'Donnell

CEO, Safran Aerosystems

John O’Donnell is the CEO of Safran Aerosystems. The company is a leading player in a variety of fields of application in aviation and space safety. From individual items of equipment to comprehensive high added value systems, Safran Aerosystems works with all the major civil and military aircraft and helicopter manufacturers as well as with airlines, armed forces, airports and space organizations. 
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Howard Oringer HeadshotHoward Oringer

Managing Director for the Communications Capital Group

Howard Oringer is the Managing Director of Communications Capital Group, a consulting and venture capital business. During his 35 year career in the Telecommunications Industry, Mr. Oringer focused his energies in the newly emerging wireless segment. Beginning with AT&T and ending as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for TeleSciences, he was instrumental in developing new technologies and markets benefiting from the mobility afforded by wireless systems.
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Joe Rambala HeadshotJoe Rambala

President, Electronic Warfare Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris

Joe Rambala is president of electronic warfare for L3Harris Technologies' Space and Airborne Systems segment. Space and Airborne Systems covers an extensive portfolio of solutions in intelligence, surveillance, small satellites, electronic warfare, avionics including carriage and release systems, wireless solutions and C4I systems.
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LoriTraweek HeadshotLori Staffin Traweek

Chief Operating Officer, American Gas Association

American Gas Association (AGA) Chief Operating Officer Lori Staffin Traweek is in her 29th year at AGA and is committed to leveraging and utilizing American’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs. Ms. Traweek is directly responsible for overseeing AGA operations. AGA was named one of the top 15 trade associations in the United States in the APCO Worldwide TradeMarks survey of over 300 leading policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. In addition, AGA was recognized as a Top Workplace for the fourth consecutive year by the Washington Post.
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Mark Villamar HeadshotMark L. Villamar

CEO, Pegasus Partners LLC

Mark Luis Villamar has worked in Hoboken real estate continuously since 1978, and is the CEO and a founding partner of Pegasus Partners LLC. Having its offices in Hoboken, Pegasus has been the developer of mixed use residential, retail and commercial projects in Hudson County, New Jersey.
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Paul von Autenried HeadshotPaul von Autenried

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb

As a member of the senior executive leadership team of Bristol Myers Squibb, Paul von Autenried leads Bristol Myers Squibb’s Information Technology function, focused on leveraging information technology and digital innovation to accelerate company strategy and business model transformation. Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors of Quick Base, a Cambridge, MA-based software company held by Vista Equity Partners, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Penn Medicine Princeton Healthcare System, and a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Stevens Institute of Technology.
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In addition, Stephen Boswell, current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology, serveS as A liaison between the Board and the President’s Leadership Council.

Stephen Boswell HeadshotStephen T. Boswell

chairman of the board, stevens Institute of technology
President and CEO, Boswell engineering

Stephen T. Boswell is a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Boswell is the President and CEO of Boswell Engineering, a multi-state, multi-discipline civil and environmental consulting firm. 

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