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June 6, 2013, volume 3, number 19

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To the William Paterson University Community

I regret to announce that long-serving Board of Trustees member Vincent Mazzola ’73 has stepped down from the Board, effective May 15, 2013. Vince is moving to Virginia after many years in New Jersey and believes his departure from the state would impede his ability to effectively serve on the Board of William Paterson University.

Appointed in 1998, Vince served his alma mater as Trustee for fifteen years, including Chair of the Board for four years, Secretary for two years, and Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee. He was the first alumnus of the University to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Under his leadership, the University undertook numerous pivotal projects, including the design and construction of the state-of-the-art Science Complex, the adoption of a comprehensive Strategic Plan 2012-2022, and the successful national search for a new president. 

As an alumnus, Vince has been a constant standard-bearer for this institution, always advocating for and on behalf of our students.  Over the years, he participated in countless campus events, especially those honoring our student veterans.

Vince served in the Army as a lieutenant during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. After his service, he enrolled at William Paterson University, earning a degree in psychology in 1973.  He continued his education at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating from the Advanced Management Program.

Vince had a distinguished career with Lucent Technologies, retiring in 2006 after a series of executive positions in southeast Asia.  He had assignments in Korea and Singapore before serving as president and CEO of Lucent India and president and representative director of Lucent Japan.  Before relocating stateside to Lucent’s Whippany headquarters, Vince climbed Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain peak.

The University is indebted to Vince for his many years of dedicated service and the wisdom and good counsel he brought to the University for the benefit of our students, faculty, and staff. We wish Vince and his family the very best in their future endeavors. I personally am indebted to Vince for assisting me through the transition from long-serving President Arnie Speert and for introducing me to so many wonderful things about his alma mater. We wish Vince, his wife, MaryAnn, and his two daughters, Emily and Katie, well with their move and wish them the very best luck in Virginia.


Kathleen Waldron

William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470     973-720-2222     president@wpunj.edu