March 25, 2015

NJCU to honor three visionary leaders at ‘BUILDING THE DREAM’ gala on April 16

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (March 25, 2015) – Three acclaimed leaders in media, finance, and public service will be honored at New Jersey City University’s “Building the Dream” Gala on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at The Hyatt Regency, Jersey City, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Leading the roster of honorees is Luke Visconti ’13 (Hon.), CEO and Founder, DiversityInc, who will receive the NJCU Corporate Citizenship Award.
A nationally recognized leader in diversity management, Mr. Visconti is founder and chief executive officer of DiversityInc Media LLC, a company that publishes DiversityInc Magazine, the nation’s leading publication on diversity issues, and provides consulting services on a wide range of diversity issues.
Mr. Visconti appears regularly on television and is often quoted on diversity issues in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune magazine, BusinessWeek, and the Chicago Tribune
Mr. Visconti is a dedicated advocate for social change, meeting regularly with corporate and government leaders and lecturing across the country on the benefits of diversity for corporations, business groups, and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Visconti donates all of his speaking fees to the DiversityInc Foundation, which he founded in 2006. 
A member of the NJCU Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, Mr. Visconti was elected chair in June 2013.
Owen M. Ryan ’85, CEO of Audit and Enterprise Risk Advisory Practice, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, will receive the NJCU Alumnus of Distinction Award.
Owen Ryan ’85 is chief executive officer of the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services Advisory Practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP and a member of the U.S. Executive Committee of Deloitte LLP, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) Board of Directors, and DTTL Risk Committee.
He has more than 29 years of experience advising financial institutions with a strong focus on the insurance industry and has an extensive background in strategic consulting, auditing, tax, corporate finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and practice management.
Mr. Ryan is the co-author of the textbook Insurance Industry Mergers & Acquisitions and has written and lectured extensively on this topic as well as risk issues.
He chairs the Board of Directors for College Summit and serves on the NJCU Board of Trustees.
The Hon. Steven M. Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, N.J., will receive the NJCU Visionary Leadership Award.
Steven M. Fulop took office as the 49th mayor of Jersey City on July 1, 2013.
The son of immigrants, Mayor Fulop was raised in Edison and graduated from Oxford University before beginning his career at Goldman Sachs, first in Chicago and then in his home state after buying a home in Jersey City. After 9/11, Mayor Fulop left his job to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. 
Upon his return, Mayor Fulop focused on his community, becoming president of two neighborhood associations. His unsuccessful primary run for the Senate in 2004 was followed by an upset victory in 2005 that made him the youngest elected official on the Jersey City City Council and the third youngest in its history.
Mayor Fulop holds a master’s degree in business administration from New York University and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.
“We are honored to recognize these three visionary leaders at our Gala,” Dr. Sue Henderson, NJCU president, said.  “They deeply value education and throughout their lives have worked tirelessly to build their dreams while reaching out to help others who are building their dreams,” she added.
The Gala will benefit scholarship funds at NJCU, a four-year, state university with a student population of more than 8,400 undergraduate and graduate students.  Although undergraduate in-state tuition remains among the lowest in New Jersey, 85 percent of full-time undergraduates qualify for some type of need-based financial aid. Some 54 nations are represented in the student body.
Founded as a teacher’s college in 1927, NJCU now offers 43 undergraduate degree programs, 27 master’s degree programs, and two doctoral programs. In addition to its Main Campus in Jersey City,
NJCU operates two off-campus sites—NJCU at Harborside in Jersey City’s financial district and NJCU at Brookdale in Wall Township.
Leaders in the fields of business and industry, education, public service, and the non-profit community will be among the guests celebrating the three honorees at the “Building the Dream Gala”.
For sponsorship information, to purchase tickets, or for further information about NJCU’s Building the Dream Gala call 201-200-3250 or visit
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