Houshmand makes top CEO list 3rd year running – and named to Hall of Fame

Houshmand makes top CEO list 3rd year running – and named to Hall of Fame


For the third consecutive year, Rowan University President Ali Houshmand has been recognized among the most influential leaders in the Philadelphia/southern New Jersey region.

Named June 11 to the 2024 Philadelphia Titan 100 list, Houshmand joins leaders from across the business, education, entertainment, health care and medical landscape.

The announcement by Titan CEO and Wipfli LLP recognized the region’s Top 100 CEOs & C-suite executives.

“They are the area’s most accomplished business leaders in their industry… demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision and passion,” said representatives from Titan CEO, a Colorado-based organization that researches top industry leaders. “Collectively, the 2024 Philadelphia Titan 100 and their companies employ nearly 140,000 individuals and generate over $14.6 billion in annual revenues.”

In fact, Houshmand not only made the Top 100 list, but was named to the organization’s Hall of Fame.

“We proudly recognize the Titan 100 for their efforts to shape the future of the Philadelphia business community,” said Titan CEO President Jaime Zawmon. “Their achievements create a profound impact that makes an extraordinary difference for their clients and employees.”

Now in his 11th year as president, Houshmand has led the University during a period of unprecedented growth.

Rowan, which is moving toward R1 status as a Carnegie-classified research university, became the third fastest-growing research university in America under Houshmand’s leadership and expanded enrollment from about 9,000 students at the start of his presidency to more than 22,000 today.

His tenure has also seen Rowan’s founding of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, the acquisition of the School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan-Virtua SOM) in Stratford, and a historic partnership with Virtua Health that created the Virtua Health College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Rowan, under Houshmand, is also developing the Shreiber School of Veterinary Medicine, New Jersey’s first, and is building the Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park Museum in Mantua Township.

Continually recognized by external organizations for leadership, Houshmand in 2024 was named to the ROI-NJ “Power List 2024: Super 60” in January and to the Power 100 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal in March.