HOBOKEN— Just in time for Women’s History Month, Virginia P. Ruesterholz has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Stevens Institute of Technology. In the 143-year history of the institution, it has not seen a female in the position of chairman. Ruesterholz will begin her term in May.
Stevens Institute of Technology said in a press release:
“Ruesterholz, a chemical engineering major while an undergraduate at Stevens, holds an M.S. in telecommunications management from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens (2008). She has served on the Board of Trustees since 2007 and currently serves as vice chair.
“Her contributions to Stevens over the decades have included serving as chair of the advisory board of the School of Systems and Enterprises; co-chair, with her spouse, Kevin, of the Edwin A. Stevens Society, where she led the dynamic membership growth of this leadership society for annual giving to Stevens; and championing an initiative which led to the Verizon Foundation’s sponsorship of a grant to launch Stevens’ K-12 engineering education initiative. With her spouse, she has also established a scholarship fund for Stevens students in the field of engineering management.
“Virginia has already had an immeasurable impact on the Stevens community,” said President Nariman Farvardin in the media release. “A role as Chairman of the Stevens Board of Trustees is a natural progression given Virginia’s stellar track record of enterprise management and her unwavering commitment to this university. She is simply the right person for this important position to guide the continued success of Stevens.”