Rutgers Board of Governors Elects New Leaders

Rutgers Board of Governors Elects New Leaders

Board selects alumni as chair and vice chair at its annual meeting

Sandy J. Stewart
Sandy J. Stewart

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The Rutgers Board of Governors today selected two business leaders with strong ties to the university as the new leaders of the governing body.

Sandy J. Stewart, the current vice chair of the board and a highly respected biotech industry entrepreneur and scientist, was elected to serve as chair.

Mark A. Angelson, a 2014 gubernatorial appointee to the board, was elected to serve as board vice chair. He brings experience in law, business, government and international education.

“Sandy and Mark both have extraordinary records of accomplishment in the public and private sectors. I am pleased that their longtime relationship with Rutgers will continue with the university’s highest governing body,” said Rutgers President Robert Barchi. “The Board of Governors and the entire university greatly benefit from their intellect, wealth of professional experience and business acumen.”

The two men will assume their new posts on July 1.

Stewart, now retired, was a founder or co-founder of several biotechnology companies, including Paradigm Genetics (now Cogenics Icoria Inc.) and Immunovation. These companies spanned functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics into drug development. He began his biotech career at the pharmaceutical company Ciba-Geigy/Novartis and helped advance technology at Metabolon, both in Research Triangle Park, N.C. During his career, Stewart has also worked with the American Red Cross and the United Nations.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University-Camden’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1981 and a Master of Science from the Graduate School at Rutgers-Camden in 1987.

First elected to the Rutgers Board of Trustees in 2006, Stewart served as its chair in 2014-15. He also serves on the Rutgers-Camden Board of Directors, was elected as a trustee emeritus by the Board of Trustees, and last year was inducted into Rutgers-Camden Finest and named a 250th Anniversary Fellow. 

Mark A. Angelson
Mark A. Angelson
Angelson is vice chair of the Joseph Biden Foundation and of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and chairs the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund and the IIE 2019 Centennial Committee. IIE is an independent nonprofit that is the world leader in international education and training. Among hundreds of other programs, IIE administers the Fulbright Scholarships for the U.S. Department of State.  In partnership with host universities, including Rutgers, IIE has rescued persecuted scholars from harm’s way the world over for nearly a century. 

He was an international lawyer in Asia, Europe and New York for two decades. Over the ensuing 20 years, he served as chair and CEO of five public companies, including as CEO of R.R. Donnelley; as chair of MidOcean Partners, an international investment firm; and as Chicago’s deputy mayor. 

Angelson is an adjunct professor of mergers and acquisitions at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a longtime trustee of Northwestern. In 2014, Angelson was appointed Richard D. Heffner Public Service Professor at Rutgers.   

Angelson graduated from Rutgers College as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1972 and from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1975. A member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni and the first recipient of the Rutgers Law School Alumni Service Award, he holds an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the John Marshall Law School. 

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