William J. Pesce ’73 to Serve as Executive in Residence for William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business

Pesce will serve as a guest lecturer in a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes.
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William J. Pesce ‘73, a member of the William Paterson University Board of Trustees and retired president and CEO of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has been named Executive-in-Residence for the University’s Cotsakos College of Business for the 2012-13 academic year.

Pesce, who has served on the Board of Trustees since 2002, retired as president and CEO of John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in April 2011 and is a member of the company’s board of directors. He earned a B.A. from William Paterson and an M.B.A. from New York University.

As Executive-in-Residence, Pesce will serve as a guest lecturer in a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes to discuss topics such as authentic and ethical leadership, building and sustaining a high-performance culture, and leading a company through significant change. He will also lecture and participate in forums on those topics for students, faculty, alumni, and the business community, and will also serve as a special advisor to the dean of the Cotsakos College of Business.

“Will Pesce brings a wealth of experience to the classroom, having led his company through significant challenges and changes in the publishing industry,” says Rajiv Kashyap, interim dean of the Cotsakos College of Business. “I am confident that he will serve as a tremendous role model for our students, constantly reminding them of what can be achieved through integrity, determination, and the desire to succeed.”

Pesce served as president and CEO of John Wiley & Sons from 1998 to 2011, and served in a number of leadership positions after joining the company in 1989, including chief operating officer. Prior to joining Wiley, he served as president of W.B.  Saunders, one of the world’s leading medical publishers. He began his publishing career at CBS when it owned Saunders, Holt, Rinehart and Winston and the Dryden Press.  He has received numerous honors, including his 2012 induction into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame™, a lifetime achievement award for individuals making a significant, positive impact on New Jersey.

As a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, Pesce serves as chair of the Educational Policy and Student Development Committee, and as a member of the Trustees and Nominations Committee. He also serves on the board of overseers of NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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09/27/12