Dr. Joel S. Bloom, former president of NJIT, and Richard T. Thigpen, senior vice president of corporate citizenship & chairman of the PSEG Foundation, have been elected to the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Darrell K. Terry Sr., president and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, commented, “It is an honor to welcome Dr. Bloom and Richard Thigpen to our board. These seasoned executives have dedicated their lives to creating sustainable change in our communities.”
Terry added, “During his tenure at NJIT Dr. Bloom created opportunities for underserved youth and engendered tremendous growth for the university. Meanwhile, Richard Thigpen has dedicated his career to advocating for the rights of our most underserved citizens, through policy change and his charitable activities. We look forward to working with them as we continue to advance our delivery of excellent patient care and address the social determinants of health that affect the communities we serve.”
Dr. Bloom was NJIT’s president from 2011 -2022. During his tenure, Dr. Bloom established NJIT as a Top 100 National University; he led NJIT’s rise to No. 1 nationally for student and upward mobility; and he completed a $400 million campus transformation that added one million square feet of teaching and research facilities to the campus. He is also the founding dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College.
Thigpen joined PSEG in March 2007. He is responsible for areas of the business that drive public policy through advocacy, including federal, state and local government affairs, sustainability, charitable activities and corporate social responsibility. Thigpen is also a member of PSEG’s Senior Executive Team.
Thigpen is also a trustee of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. Dr. Bloom is a former NJBIA trustee.
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