A northern New Jersey university has elected a woman to chair its board of trustees for the first time in the school's 143-year history.

Virginia P. Ruesterholz (Photo: Stevens Institute of Technology)

Virginia Ruesterholz has been named chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology.

Ruesterholz graduated from Stevens in 1983 with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.

She holds a master's in telecommunications management from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens.

Ruesterholz has served on the board since 2007 and is currently vice chair. She's also a retired Verizon executive. Ruesterholz will step up to the position of chairman in May.

Stevens is a private research university located in Hoboken, N.J. It was founded in 1870 and has more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students.

 

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