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            NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (June 20, 2013)– Gerald C. Harvey, a former chair of the Board of Trustees at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was elected to a one-year term as chair of Rutgers’ Board of Governors at today’s board meeting. Harvey assumes the post July 1.

            A Bay Head resident, Harvey is the retired executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Breeze-Eastern Corp., a Whippany-based designer and manufacturer of rescue hoists and cargo hooks for military and civilian aircraft. He is a member of the panel of commercial arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and is chair of the board of trustees of St. Philip’s Academy in Newark. The independent K-8 school has a special mission for urban children.

            A 1972 Rutgers College graduate, Harvey earned a law degree from Columbia University in 1975. He became a member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees in 1998. Harvey was inducted as a Trustee Governor in 2008 and serves a six-year term.

            He is a past president of the Rutgers University Alumni Federation and a recipient of the Federation’s Meritorious Service Award. Harvey is also a member of the Rutgers Alumni Association’s Loyal Sons and Daughters. He and his wife Keiko, a former member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, have funded the Keiko and Gerald Harvey Scholarship for Women in Engineering at the Rutgers School of Engineering.

Harvey succeeds Ralph Izzo, who, beginning in July 2010, served three consecutive terms as chair of the Board of Governors.

            Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth-oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Serving nearly 60,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark and New Brunswick, Rutgers is one of only two New Jersey institutions represented in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

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