Dr. Houshmand Honored by N.J. Technology Council, County NAACP

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Rowan president recognized for contributions to community and personal achievements in building University.

Rowan University President Dr. Ali Houshmand has been named one of six CEOs of the Year by the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) and recently received an Image Award from the NAACP of Gloucester County.

The awards honor Houshmand for bettering the community through education and for his personal record of success.

On Oct. 31 the NJTC named him CEO of the Year in the public service category (an honor jointly bestowed upon Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin) and, on Oct. 27, the NAACP of Gloucester County honored him with its Image Award in the education category.

Representatives for both groups said Houshmand’s efforts to improve Rowan University, to offer ever-more educational opportunities, make him deserving of recognition.

“I believe with all my heart in public higher education and that Rowan University is fulfilling both a need and its destiny in serving the residents of southern New Jersey,” he said.

Addressing the Rowan community October 25, Houshmand said his goal is to double enrollment to 25,000 within the next ten years.

The NJTC on its web site notes that honorees are chosen “based on their vision and leadership, corporate performance, innovative business achievements and social responsibility. “

Houshmand, who was inaugurated as Rowan’s seventh president Sept. 20, joined the University as provost in 2007 and served as CEO and interim president prior to his inauguration.

He presided over the opening of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden in 2012, the integration of the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford in 2013, the continued expansion of the Camden and Glassboro campuses, a reorganization of the University, and the development of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Under his leadership Rowan is constructing a second building for the College of Engineering and a new home for the Rohrer College of Business, projects that are expected to double enrollment in both schools. He is also driving the creation of a College of Health Sciences in partnership with Rutgers-Camden.

Gloucester County NAACP President Loretta Winters said Houshmand, one of 16 honorees, deserves the Image Award because of his “tireless” work for the community.

She credited him with striving to improve diversity on Rowan’s three campuses and for doing his job with an energy and drive that’s inspiring.

“A lot of people talk about what they’re going to do but he’s getting it done,” she said.