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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Patrick Zenner Elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Teaneck, NJ (August 20, 2003) — Patrick J. Zenner has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has been a member of the Board since 1995.
Dr. J. Michael Adams, president of Fairleigh Dickinson University, said, "Pat Zenner combines expertise in institutional organization and management with a passionate belief in the importance of education for the individual student and the greater community. Fairleigh Dickinson University is indeed fortunate to have Pat in a leadership role."
A 32-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Zenner retired in 2001 as president and chief executive officer of Hoffman-La Roche Inc., North America, and member of the global Pharmaceutical Executive Committee. Mr. Zenner spent his entire career at Roche, having joined the company as a sales representative in 1969.
Long active in industry, academic and civic affairs, he is immediate past chairman of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey and served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Recently, Mr. Zenner has been elected to the board of Directors of ArQule, CuraGen Corporation, Dendrite International, Exact Sciences, Praecis Pharmaceuticals Inc., Geron Corporation, Genta Inc., First Horizon Pharmaceutical Corporation, Xoma LTD, and West Pharmaceutical Services.
An alumnus of the University, Mr. Zenner received his MBA in Pharmaceutical-Chemical Studies and has been honored by the University with the Pinnacle, the highest award the University bestows on its alumni for extraordinary achievement.
Mr. Zenner relishes his role in higher education. He said, "Higher education is the key to opening up opportunities for people. And higher education has always been something that both my wife and I have devoted ourselves to. I am thrilled with the new vision for the University — to become the leader in global education — and the progress that is being made toward realizing that vision. To help make students cognizant of the global community in which they live and how they can best position themselves in that global community is a very exciting task."
He and his wife, Peggy, have three children.
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