Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr. honored at FDU’s 22nd Annual Charter Day

Pinnacle Society Inducted Four Alumni

Madison, NJ (June 6, 2011) Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 22nd Annual Charter Day on Friday, June 3 at the College at Florham honored Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr. chairman of Jos. L Muscarelle, Inc.  Based in Maywood, Joseph L. Muscarelle, Inc. is one of the largest regional owner/operators of commercial real estate in the state, founded in 1926 by Muscarelle’s father. With over 75 years of history, the Muscarelle companies have developed, owned and managed many prominent projects worth billions of dollars including hotels, office, industrial, and multifamily property

FDU’s Charter Day honors individuals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders in their professions and their communities.  Proceeds from this event support academic scholarships for undergraduates at FDU.  Charter Day Scholars are students who exhibit significant leadership on campus and in the larger community, who maintain the highest academic standards and show a personal commitment to developing the same leadership qualities Charter Day honorees have shown.

PINNACLE Society Induction

The FDU PINNACLE Society recognized the contributions and achievements of four distinguished alumni at a ceremony preceding the Charter Day reception.

This year’s PINNACLE honorees are: Linda Bowden, MBA’83, regional president, PNC Bank, Northern New Jersey; Michael J. Clarke, BS’81, partner and co-founder, Buchanan Clarke Schlader LLP; Richard Codey, BA’81, senator, New Jersey; and Seth Greenberg, BA’78, head basketball coach, Virginia Tech.

The annual class of The PINNACLE is chosen by past inductees, based on the following criteria: success or distinction in one’s chosen field of endeavor, significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service and outstanding service to the University or reflection of the unique character of FDU in one’s life. The PINNACLE Society induction ceremony took place at 5 p.m. at the College at Florham.

Joseph L. Muscarelle

Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr. is the chairman of Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc. Muscarelle is now retired but stays active in business and the community. 

Muscarelle began his career at the firm at the age of 14, when he worked during the summer on various construction projects. In 1971, he was made president of Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc. after completing eight years in various company departments including accounting, estimating and project management, and completing a management education program at Harvard. During this time, he became active in the local and state Building Contractors Association. Becoming the association’s youngest president in 1976, he was elected as a national director of the Association of General Contractors of America and was given a lifetime directorship in the association.

Muscarelle has been active in many civic and charitable organizations. He was elected to his local school board twice, becoming its vice president in his second term, and served local government as mayor and councilman for two 3-year terms. He was a director of the National Community Bank and a member of the Associate Board of Directors of People’s Trust Bank (now Bank of America). Muscarelle has served for the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and County Boy and Girl Scout Councils, and as a member of the Finance Council of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. Additionally, he served on several study commissions appointed by the governor of New Jersey. He currently volunteers for the Hackensack University Medical Center.

Muscarelle has established medical, dental and osteopathic student scholarships in his name, endowed the Chair of the New Jersey Medical School Dean at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and serves on its foundation board. Muscarelle was educated in public, parochial and private schools and graduated from Lawrenceville Prep School in 1954 and Lehigh University in 1958 where he earned his degree in finance with a minor in civil engineering. He was married in 1959 to the former Sharon McDonnell and they have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

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