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Though he didn’t attend Stevens, Josh Weston has been a champion for the university
Meet Josh Weston
Though he didn’t attend Stevens, Josh Weston has been a champion for the university, dating to his friendship with the fifth Stevens President, Kenneth Rogers. “I knew Ken because we were both on PSE&G's board. He told me about Stevens. I was impressed by the students and what I saw here, and so I asked how I could be of help.”
Josh is honorary chairman and former CEO of Automatic Data Processing, a Roseland, New Jersey, company that provides human resources services for 610,000 companies worldwide. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the City College of New York and a master’s in economics from the University of New Zealand. In 1996, Stevens awarded him an honorary doctorate in engineering, and he also received similar degrees from his alma mater, Farleigh Dickinson, Montclair State, and Yeshiva University.
Among his many contributions to Stevens, Josh has supported the Josh Weston Term Scholarship Fund, the First LEGO League Challenge Fund, and the CIESE Summer Salaries Fund. He has met with students or given public lectures on campus on several occasions, including his recent talk for the President’s Special Lectures on Leadership, “Lessons on Leadership They Don’t Teach You in Class”.
Notably, Josh has led support of the Pinnacle Scholars Program, a suite of benefits Stevens awards to exceptional incoming freshmen. The inaugural Class of 2019 cohort of 66 Pinnace Scholars, who can remain in the program every year until they graduate, receive tuition support plus extra opportunities for research, faculty mentoring, study abroad, cultural experiences and more.
Josh believes the Pinnacle Scholars Program benefits students and also Stevens as a university. "Any worthwhile institution ought to know where it wants to be in the future. If you've got a plan, you ought to take it seriously and have programs in place to deliver. And my view is that one piece of the overall plan is Pinnacle. It's not a be-all and end-all, but it particularly is aimed at the most promising students, and I'm glad to help them."
Now that he's become friends with Stevens' seventh President, Nariman Farvardin, Josh believes the university is positioned for great success. "I think it's got a breadth to it, it's got a national ranking, and from everything I've read it sounds like Stevens is now in the top league, top decile of schools, and that all sounds good."