R.U. Foundation Board Elects New Officers

R.U. Foundation Board Elects New Officers


The Rowan University Foundation Board has named Stephen H. Clark Sr. chair and appointed three additional officers.

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of South Jersey Industries, Clark, of Ocean City, has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010 and previously served as vice chair. He will continue to build on the strong work of former Board chair, Joseph Bottazzi.

“I would like to thank Joe for his outstanding leadership,” Clark said. “His legacy has been to advance Rowan University as the premier academic leader in our region. I look forward to working alongside my fellow Board members to help Rowan achieve the lofty goals established by President Houshmand and the Rowan Board of Trustees.”

CFO of South Jersey Industries since April 2014, Clark oversees all financial, risk, information technology, and regulatory functions for the company.

Clark is also vice chairman of Junior Achievement of New Jersey’s Southern District, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and serves on the American Gas Association’s Executive Leadership Committee as Finance Committee vice chair.

He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Rutgers College and a Master of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary.

Joining Clark among the new slate of officers are Erica Ortiz of Washington, D.C., April Carty-Sipp of Haddonfield and Jack Hafner of Wayne, Pa.

“Rowan’s growth and progress have created the need to find diverse, highly qualified leaders for our boards and we are thrilled to have these talented and dedicated individuals to guide the Foundation Board’s efforts,” said Rowan President Ali Houshmand.

Ortiz will serve as Vice Chair of the Board where she has served since 2012, previously as Secretary. President/Owner of Sunshine Media Productions, LLC of Washington, D.C., Ortiz has a strong background in television and public relations and in generating national and international media coverage for major sporting events. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Women in Film & Video of Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Rowan in 1999 and a master’s degree in corporate public relations from Rowan in 2004.

A member of the Board since 2013, Carty-Sipp will serve as Secretary. She was previously a member of the Rowan University Alumni Executive Board from 2010 to 2012 where she served as Vice President and Chair of its Nominations Committee.

Vice President of Programming at WPVI-TV, 6ABC in Philadelphia, Carty-Sipp has won six Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and has served as a board member for the Mid-Atlantic division of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. She graduated from Rowan in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in communications (radio/television/film).

Hafner will continue in his role as treasurer of the Board. He has more than 18 years of experience as a wealth management advisor and works for Wells Fargo Advisors in Radnor, Pa. He was previously head portfolio manager for The Credit Suisse MLP Advantage Portfolio in the Philadelphia office of Credit Suisse Private Bank. Hafner is a 1993 Rowan graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. He holds a certificate in financial planning from New York University and is a Certified Financial Planner.

“Rowan University is fortunate to have the leadership provided by the Foundation Board,” said John Zabinski, senior vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Rowan University Foundation Board. “Their collective guidance, wisdom and commitment of time truly makes a difference in the lives of the students the University serves.”

The Rowan University Foundation oversees and coordinates all fundraising activities and is responsible for the management and investment of all charitable contributions to the University.