Wayne B. Hallard Awarded the Pinnacle

Madison, N.J. (June 5, 2009)—In ceremonies on June 5 at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham in Madison, N.J., retired Verizon manager Wayne B. Hallard was inducted into The Pinnacle, the highest award the University bestows upon its alumni.

Pinnacle recipients are chosen on the basis of success or distinction in their chosen fields; significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service; and outstanding service to the University, or reflection of the unique character of Fairleigh Dickinson in their lives.

In 2002, Hallard retired from Verizon as a manager in regulatory and financial reporting after a 30-year career that started when he was a repairman with New Jersey Bell Telephone. As a finance manager, he represented Verizon at Rutgers University’s Center for Research in Regulated Industries. Hallard is a licensed dog show superintendent with the American Kennel Club, and has been involved in breeding, grooming, showing, and judging purebred dogs since 1982.

Hallard has served as treasurer of the Volunteer Center of Greater Essex County, board member of the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, president of the Newark Jaycees and executive director of the Newark JCI Senators Scholarship Foundation. He served as trustee for Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel and president of its Brotherhood. He has umpired for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Youth Baseball Association for over 25 years and received the association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Hallard has been a member of the FDU Alumni Association Board of Governors since 1997 and served as its president and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees. He has chaired the Clubs and Chapters Committee and has served on the Alumni-in-Admissions and Annual Fund committees. Hallard is a past recipient of the University’s Alumni Loyalty Award.

Hallard received his bachelor’s (1980) and MBA (1984) from FDU’s College at Florham. He and his wife, Deborah (an FDU alumna), live in Scotch Plains, N.J.

In presenting the award, Warren T. Oates Jr., a member of the FDU Alumni Association Board of Governors, said, “Although retired, your free time is not yours, and that’s just the way you like it because you are committed to giving back to your community.

“When you volunteer, there’s no job that goes undone. We all agree you are simply remarkable, and none are more familiar with your devotion than your wife, Debbie. You are appreciated and admired by those who know you. For your selfless acts of kindness, dedication to your work, as well as the people in your life, Fairleigh Dickinson University honors you with induction into The Pinnacle.”

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