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Virginia and Kevin Ruesterholz
Virginia and Kevin Ruesterholz
"It’s [Stevens] given us so much, and we want to give back. We want others to have the journey we had.”
Meet Virginia and Kevin Ruesterholz, Sponsors of the Ruesterholz Admissions Center
Stevens will always have a special place in the lives of Virginia and Kevin Ruesterholz, who met on campus while they were students.
“We love this place,” Virginia said. “It’s given us so much, and we want to give back. We want others to have the journey we had.”
“We graduated from here, and I was lucky enough to meet my best friend and my partner for life here,” Kevin added. “So to come back and give to Stevens makes us very happy and very proud.”
A Welcoming Environment for Prospective Students and Families
Thanks to their generosity, Virginia and Kevin Ruesterholz will always have a special place in the future of Stevens. Together they sponsored the new Ruesterholz Admissions Center, which is helping Stevens recruit talented students and propelling the Power of Stevens goal of creating a Vibrant Campus.
“We sincerely hope the new Ruesterholz Admissions Center is a valuable asset to university admissions and makes a positive impression on prospective students far into the future,” Virginia said. “Our goal was to have an admissions center here where students can come and feel the real beauty of Stevens – the views of New York City and the feeling of standing on top of the world here at Castle Point, as well as the history and charm of the university.”
Virginia, who retired from Verizon in 2012 as Executive Vice President and President of Verizon Service Operations, has served as Chair of the Stevens Board of Trustees since 2013, the first woman to hold that leadership position. Kevin, who has worked for AT&T and Lucent Technologies, practices as an attorney with Ruesterholz Law in Morristown, New Jersey, and has served as Co-Chair of the Edwin A. Stevens Society.
They both have devoted time to Stevens by helping to craft and fulfill the university’s current strategic plan, serving in various advisory roles, and rallying fellow alumni to engage with their alma mater. “As students, alumni and leaders at Stevens, we have been thrilled to witness firsthand the university’s incredible rise, and we are equally thrilled to contribute to its continued momentum,” Virginia said.
In addition to building the Admissions Center, the Ruesterholzes have also supported Student Success by establishing a scholarship annually awarded to a student in the School of Systems & Enterprises. “Supporting the growth of young minds is one of the most important things we can do," Virginia said. "Sparks of brilliance are ignited every day on this campus, and we are thrilled to encourage the brilliant students at Stevens."
About the Ruesterholz Admissions Center
Virginia and Kevin’s $1.3 million gift converted the historic Colonial House campus building into a modern, state-of-the-art facility that directly supports the university’s goals. During a reception for the grand opening, President Farvardin, the historic beauty of the building serves as a reminder of Stevens’ past while its transformation signifies a promise of what the future holds. He added that the new admissions center is an important ingredient in a strategic plan to expand and grow the university. Raising a glass of champagne, he made a toast to Virginia and Kevin, thanking them for their extraordinary generosity.