Virginia P. Ruesterholz
Trustee, Stevens Institute of Technology
Virginia Ruesterholz is a trustee and former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. She was the first woman to hold the post of chairman of the Board of Trustees 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.
Ms. Ruesterholz also served as president of Verizon Telecom, where she was responsible for sales, customer service, operations, and IT for the consumer, general business, and domestic wholesale markets. Under her leadership, Verizon began rolling out the most comprehensive, high-speed fiber-optic technology in the country, providing customers with advanced and innovative broadband experiences. She joined New York Telephone as a manager in 1984, and served in positions of increasing responsibility in operations, sales, and customer service. After the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger, Ms. Ruesterholz was named senior vice president of wholesale markets and led efforts for approval to enter the long-distance market.
She is a recipient of the Crain’s New York Business prestigious 40 Under 40 award and the New York Women’s Agenda inaugural Rising Star Award. She serves on the board of directors of The Hartford and of Frontier Communications.
Ms. Ruesterholz holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. She is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Stevens.