​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

Gina M. Addeo HeadshotGina M. Addeo

Owner, ADCO Electrical Corp., GMA Electrical Corporation and Scholes Electric & Communications

Gina Addeo, who was the first woman in New York City to be granted a Master Electrician’s License, is co-owner and chairman of the board of ADCO Electrical Corporation in Staten Island, NY. In 1993, she founded GMA Electrical Corporation whose first job was for the New York/New Jersey Port Authority at the World Trade Center. Ms. Addeo also serves as Chairman of the Board of Scholes Electric & Communications in Piscataway, NJ.
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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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Michele Brown HeadshotMichele Brown

President and CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc.

Michele Brown is president and chief executive officer of Choose New Jersey, Inc., an independently funded and operated nonprofit organization charged with encouraging economic growth throughout the state of New Jersey with a focus on making the state’s most distressed cities engines for growth and opportunity.
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Claude R. Canizares HeadshotClaude R. Canizares

Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Claude Canizares is the Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT since 1971, he has served as vice president (2013-2015), vice president for research and associate provost (2006-2013), associate provost (2001-2006), and director of the Center for Space Research (1990-2002). He oversaw the MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 2001 to 2014. Professor Canizares is a principal investigator on NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and associate director of its science center. He has also worked on several other space astronomy missions and is author or co-author of more than 230 scientific papers.
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Christophe J. Daggett HeadshotChristopher J. Daggett

President and CEO, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Christopher Daggett is the president and chief executive officer of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, one of the largest foundations in New Jersey. He has been a respected leader in New Jersey’s nonprofit world for nearly 20 years, serving on a number of boards, including the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, the Regional Plan Association, the Trust for Public Land, and the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc.
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Nate Davis HeadshotNate Davis

Executive chairman of the board of directors, K12

Nate Davis, executive chairman of the board of directors of K12, 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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Gustav H. Koven HeadshotGustav H. Koven

Co-Founder, Savano Capital Partners

Gustav Koven is a founding partner and managing director of Savano Capital Partners. With more than 25 years of experience in the private equity business, Mr. Koven has extensive hands-on experience in leveraged buy-outs, as well as early-stage and expansion-stage investing. Additionally, Mr. Koven has more than a decade of experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions and business development.
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Christopher Levendos HeadshotChristopher D. Levendos

Executive Vice President, Field Operations, frontier communications

Chris is executive vice president of Field Operations for Frontier Communications based in Norwalk, Conn.  He currently leads an operational organization of +11k people focused on service delivery across twenty-nine states.  Prior to joining Frontier, Mr. Levendos was an executive of Google Fiber (Alphabet), where he led Network Deployment and Operations and helped expand Google Fiber’s network operations from three cities to ten cities.
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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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Simon Nynens HeadshotSimon Nynens


Simon Nynens is chairman and chief executive officer of Wayside Technology Group, Inc., a company he joined in 1998. Prior to these posts, Mr. Nynens held various other positions at Wayside, including executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Wayside Technology Group is a unified and integrated technology company providing computing products and solutions to corporate IT organizations, government agencies and educational institutions directly and through computer reseller networks.
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John W. O'Donnell HeadshotJohn W. O'Donnell

CEO, Zodiac Aerospace SA, Aerosafety Division

John O’Donnell is chief executive officer of Zodiac Aerospace SA, Aerosafety Division. 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, Zodiac Aerosafety works with all the major civil and military aircraft and helicopter manufacturers as well as with airlines, armed forces, airports and space organizations. Zodiac Aerosafety is comprised of five sub-companies: Zodiac Arresting Systems, Zodiac Elastomer, Zodiac Evacuation Systems, Zodiac Interconnect, and Zodiac Parachute and Protection. Mr. O’Donnell is responsible for all five companies.
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Winslow Lorenzo Sargeant HeadshotWinslow Lorenzo Sargeant

Managing Director, S&T, LLC

Winslow Sargeant is managing director of S&T, LLC, a firm supporting investment and business development for early-stage growth companies in cybersecurity, energy, communications, capital formation, and energy. He was chief counsel for advocacy in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. Prior to that appointment, he served as managing director for Venture Investors, LLC, and was program manager at the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Office.
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Albert Sisto HeadshotAlbert Sisto

Founder and General Partner, Sixth Bridge LP

Albert Sisto is founder and general partner at Sixth Bridge LP, a strategy and angel investment firm focusing on the security software, Internet of Things (IoT) enablement and semiconductor industries. Since March 2014, he has served as a partner and director of investments and North American operations of Tern PLC, a London Stock Exchange listed investment firm focused on the cloud and mobile technology sectors. He is also senior advisor, IT security and infrastructure, at Centaur Partners, a leading, boutique technology investment banking firm and at Nok Nok Labs, an authentication infrastructure company for mobile and web applications.
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Paul H. von Autenried HeadshotPaul H. von Autenried

Senior Vice President and CIO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Paul von Autenried is senior vice president and chief information officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He is responsible for the global business services which support company-wide operations. He leads a global team of finance, marketing, human resources, facilities and information technology professionals and external partners to create capabilities and deliver services that enable and accelerate the work of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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In addition, Virginia Ruesterholz, current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology and Larry Babbio, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology, serve as liaisons between the Board and the President’s Leadership Council.

Virginia P. Ruesterholz HeadshotVirginia P. Ruesterholz

Chairman of the Board, Stevens Institute of Technology

Virginia Ruesterholz is chairman of the board of trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology, and is the first woman to hold the post in the University’s history. She is a former executive vice president and president of Verizon Services Operations, a global, shared-services business group that operates Verizon’s wireline network as well as the finance operations, real estate, and supply chain services that support all Verizon companies.
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Lawrence T. Babbio HeadshotLawrence T. Babbio

Chairman Emeritus of the Board, Stevens Institute of Technology

Lawrence Babbio is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Mr. Babbio is the former vice chairman and president of Verizon, who had responsibility for the Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business units. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Verizon Wireless. Mr. Babbio is a senior advisor, TAP Advisors, LLC and was previously a senior advisor to Warburg Pincus.
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