2016 Commencement Honorees
Jeffrey L. Pierson
Alumnus Jeffrey L. Pierson, MAS’01 (Metro), served in the United States Army for 42 years, and retired as a brigadier general on June 25, 2003. His last assignment prior to military retirement was the assistant adjutant general-Army, Headquarters, New Jersey State Area Command, Fort Dix, N.J. His many duties included directing, supervising and coordinating special functions and activities of the Army National Guard. Some of his additional assignments and responsibilities were in such matters as the assistant division commander for training 42nd Infantry Division; weapons of mass destruction; unit readiness and strength management.
Pierson’s most notable military assignments during his career include chief of staff, Headquarters, New Jersey State Area Command; director, Military Personnel; mobilization and readiness officer; G-3, 50th Armored Division; and executive officer, 50th Armored Division Artillery.
Pierson has received numerous military and civilian awards, decorations and honors including the Legion of Merit award for exceptional service in the U.S. Army.
Pierson holds a degree in public administration from Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I., and an MAS degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2001. He was also an adjunct professor at FDU teaching in both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.
Dennis F. Strigl
Fairleigh Dickinson University alumnus, Dennis F. Strigl, MBA’79 (Ruth), is widely recognized as one of the most prominent architects of the wireless communications industry. His experience extends from launching the nation’s first cellular telephone network and managing several of the largest cellular mergers in the industry, to today leading one of the world’s preeminent wireless companies.
Strigl was the lead executive in charge of integrating Verizon Wireless when that company was formed in April 2000, by combining the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE.
Previously, he served as president and CEO of Bell Atlantic Mobile and group president and CEO of Bell Atlantic Global Wireless, Bell Atlantic’s wireless portfolio with domestic operations in 28 states and international investments in Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Strigl has served in the telecommunications industry for more than 40 years. He was instrumental in launching the nation’s first cellular telephone network in Chicago, and he won the Cellular Industry Achievement Award for engineering advancement and pioneering in marketing programs.
Strigl holds a degree in business administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.