Rowan Vice President, Board Member Named "Business Person" and "Small Business Person" of the Year


Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce honors Dr. Thomas Gallia and Larry DiVietro

A lifelong commitment to the people and institutions of Gloucester County has resulted in the honoring of Rowan Vice President Thomas Gallia and Board of Trustees member Larry DiVietro with 2012 Community Service Awards by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce.

Rowan's Vice President of University Relations, Gallia, a Glassboro resident, was named Business Person of the Year, an honor bestowed upon him for his many years of service to the community above and beyond his full-time commitment to the University.

In addition to a more than four decades of service to Rowan, Gallia's many commitments include service as vice chairman of Main Street Glassboro, the University’s principal representative to the Rowan Boulevard Planning Committee, and service on several boards including the Central Business Redevelopment
Authority, the Mayor’s Economic Advisory Committee, the Glassboro Code Enforcement Authority, the Town-Gown Relations Committee, the Glassboro Rail and Transportation Center Committee, and Glassboro Public Schools Special Initiatives.

DiVietro, of Wenonah, the founder, president and CEO of Land Dimensions Engineering of Glassboro, was named Small Business Person of the Year for his long-time service to many organizations including the boards of Rowan, Gloucester County College, the YMCA of Gloucester County, for which he is a past president, the Deans Council of UMDMJ, and service as a Director for Fulton Bank of New Jersey.

He is also active with a host of professional and community service organizations including the Southern New Jersey Development Council, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Southern New Jersey Builders League, the American Planning Association, and the New Jersey Professional Land Surveyors Association.

Les Vail, president and CEO of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, said Gallia and DiVietro were chosen from among more than 100 nominees and honored June 14.

"When you have a guy like Tom or Larry, whose jobs don't require them to be involved in the community and they do, it's obvious why," Vail said. "These guys get involved because they consider it their civic duty to do so. They do it because that is who they are and we are honored to honor them."

In addition to Business Person of the Year and Small Business Person of the Year, the Chamber, based in Glassboro, chose honorees for Citizen of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year, the Robert M. Bess Memorial Volunteer Youth Award and the Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

Gallia, whose career in education started with a 1966 degree in biological and physical sciences from then-Glassboro State College, went on to earn two master's degrees, a doctorate from Rutgers University and completed post-doc work at Harvard. First teaching at Glassboro High School, he became an assistant professor at G.S.C. in 1970 and has held positions of ever-increasing responsibility ever since.

"I am deeply honored by the recognition, but it's really not necessary," said Gallia. "I find it extremely gratifying to play a role in community redevelopment and business development efforts. I am fortunate to be in a position that allows me to tackle broad issues."

A Licensed Professional Land Surveyor and Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey, DiVietro founded Land Dimensions in 1979 and continues to serve on numerous professional organizations including the New Jersey Professional Planners’ Association, the Urban Land Institute and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Sure, it keeps me busy, but being involved with the community affords me the opportunity to touch a lot of people," DiVietro said. "Hopefully my involvement will have an impact on helping to shape our future.”