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Medalist: Johnson & Johnson

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Johnson and Johnson

Citation and Sesquicentennial Medal Presented on March 10, 2015

At present, the Johnson and Johnson family of companies includes more than 275 operating companies in over 60 countries and employs approximately 128,000 people worldwide. While the company’s scope is certainly impressive, our Sesquicentennial medal is being awarded because of Johnson & Johnson’s personal connection to Rider University.

While slightly younger than Rider (Johnson and Johnson was founded in 1886 – Rider in 1865), the Company has been one of the University’s most loyal partners. Over the years, Johnson and Johnson has generously donated over 3 million dollars to support scholarships, our Accounting Hall of Fame, the Rider Annual Fund, and the construction of Anne Brossman Sweigart Hall, the home of our College of Business Administration. In addition to financial support, Rider students have benefited from Johnson and Johnson’s internships, co-ops and experiential opportunities, many leading to enviable job offers to our talented graduates.

For example, every year high achieving graduates of Rider’s College of Business Administration are invited into the prestigious Johnson and Johnson Financial Leadership Development Program. Many of them develop into lifelong and highly successful Johnson and Johnson employees. In fact, there are over 200 Rider alumni currently working at J & J, many of them in very senior roles. I am proud to note that three Rider alumni have ascended to the ranks of World Group Chairman, all are also current or former Trustees, including Martin’s boss, Gary Pruden, class of 1983, whose travel commitment prevented his attendance today.

Martin Madden, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Johnson & Johnson’s Global Surgery Group, we are proud of our J & J relationship, and thank you for accepting this honor on behalf of our many good friends at Johnson & Johnson.

-President Mordechai Rozanski