Friend of Stevens Award
Astute and articulate, Josh S. Weston has grown companies, guided charities, and promoted technology education, especially at Stevens.
Mr. Weston is the retired CEO and honorary chairman of Automatic Data Processing (ADP), which provides payroll, human resource and other services to 650,000 clients worldwide. He was recruited in 1970 by then ADP CEO Frank Lautenberg, who valued Mr. Weston’s computing expertise as an executive of clothier J. Crew. After Lautenberg won election to the United States Senate in 1982, Mr. Weston became CEO, and within his first four years ADP’s revenue doubled to $1 billion.
During his active tenure to 1996, Mr. Weston maintained the company’s unrivaled streak of 164 quarters of double-digit growth in both revenue and earnings per share. Additionally, under his leadership ADP acquired the largest payroll company in Europe, developed new products such as electronic proxy ballots for shareholders, and evolved alongside the spread of the personal computer and the internet.
Throughout his life, and especially since his retirement, Mr. Weston has been a prolific and hands-on philanthropist and advisor. He has served on the boards of the New Jersey Business Roundtable, International Rescue Committee, Safe Water Network, New Jersey Food Bank, Boys Town Jerusalem, American-Israeli Friendship League, United Nations Association, and Mountainside Hospital.
He has helped shape public policy though service on the President’s Task Force to Improve Veterans’ Healthcare, the National Commission to Restructure the IRS, the General Accounting Office Advisory Board, and the Department of Defense Tooth-to-Tail Commission. He has promoted the arts as a board member of WNET, NJTV, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the New Jersey Cultural Trust, and he is a frequent guest on public affairs television programs.
Mr. Weston is a strong advocate for STEM learning. He has served on the boards of the Liberty Science Center, KIPP-Schools, FIRST Robotics, and the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University.
He has been a friend to Stevens for decades, dating to his friendship with the fifth Stevens president, Kenneth C. Rogers (1972-1987). Mr. Weston has supported numerous scholarship students at Stevens, including those who graduated from his high school alma mater, Brooklyn Tech. He has also been a leading supporter of the Pinnacle Scholars program, a cohort among the most gifted of Stevens students. Mr. Weston meets often with students on campus, and he has delivered multiple guest lectures.
Mr. Weston graduated from City College of New York and earned a master’s degree in economics as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of New Zealand. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He and his wife, Judy, live in New Jersey and enjoy spending time with their four children and families.