Robert J. Gallione, Jr.
Robert J. Gallione, Jr. has had a distinguished career in education and government both as an elected official and a municipal employee. Currently, Bob is sharing the knowledge and experience he’s gained over his 40+ year career with the students of Fairleigh Dickinson University as an adjunct professor.
Bob began his career at Columbia University in 1970 where as the Director of Student Employment he administered a $5.5 million federally funded financial aid program. He developed the University’s partnership with the New York State Jobs Service providing regional employment opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Bob also spearheaded the creation of a $1.2 million student enterprise program, which enabled students to get hands on experience managing their own businesses. An active member of the University community, Bob served as a Presidential Delegate during student demonstrations to negotiate and resolve conflict.
Throughout his tenure at Columbia University, Bob was very active in his hometown of Bergenfield, New Jersey where he held elected offices as Councilman, Board of Education Trustee and Mayor. As Mayor of Bergenfield, Bob was responsible for a $13 million budget and a work force of 175 employees. He negotiated contracts with all the bargaining units, secured federal community development funds for sewer construction and handicapped building projects and re-organized the town’s Sanitation and Public Works Department.
In 1993, Bob moved into municipal government full-time as the Borough Administrator in the Borough of Bogota, New Jersey. Over the course of the next twenty years, Bob held administrator positions in several Bergen and Morris County communities where he gained experience managing Faulkner Act municipalities.
As a borough administrator Bob supervised major capital improvements to municipal infrastructure. He facilitated land acquisition agreements, secured millions of dollars in municipal grants, negotiated union contracts and helped forge shared service agreements amongst municipalities in a drive for greater efficiency.
When he’s not teaching, Bob loves traveling with Eva his wife of forty-five years. They have two children and three grandchildren. Bob is also an avid Bocce player and President of the Bergenfield Bocce League.
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