Friend of Stevens Funds Scholarships

Josh Weston on a stage

An executive and friend of Stevens, Josh Weston was an early investor in the Pinnacle Scholars program for exceptional students.

Though he didn’t attend Stevens, Josh Weston has been a champion for the university, dating to his friendship with the fifth Stevens president, Ken Rogers. “I knew Ken because we were both on PSE&G's board,” Josh said. “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 (ADP), a New Jersey company that provides payroll and human resource services for 650,000 companies worldwide. During his active tenure from 1970 to 1996, Josh led ADP amidst an unrivaled streak of 164 quarters of double-digit growth in both revenue and earnings per share.

Josh, a navy veteran of the Korean War, earned an 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 received similar degrees from his alma mater, plus 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 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 was an early leading supporter of the Pinnacle Scholars program, a suite of benefits that Stevens awards to exceptional incoming freshmen. Pinnacle Scholars, numbering roughly ten percent of the undergraduate enrollment, receive tuition support plus opportunities for study abroad, research projects, faculty mentoring, cultural experiences and more.

Josh believes the Pinnacle Scholars program benefits students, and 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 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 the seventh Stevens president, Nariman Farvardin, Josh believes the university is positioned for 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.”