Silberman College of Business celebrates 50 years of excellence

Ralph W. Mucerino, co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Gala Committee, delivered opening remarks.

by Sarah Cole and Scott Giglio

Silberman College of Business kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, April 3, at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Plaza. The luncheon was held 50 years to the day that the University honored philanthropist Samuel “Buddy” Silberman by naming the business school after him.

The 50th anniversary celebration will continue with a gala on September 27 at the The Pierre Hotel in New York City, and Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy will deliver the keynote address, “Brendan Byrne, Courage and Ethics in Government”.

“We take great pride in celebrating the rich history of the Silberman College of Business,” said President Christopher A. Capuano. “The College has long provided innovative programs that have propelled graduates to great success and we look forward to continuing this legacy of excellence for many years.” 

The luncheon’s opening remarks were given by Ralph W. Mucerino, President, Distribution Partners and Major Accounts, AIG (American International Group). Along with Lester J. Owens, MBA’91, and managing director at J.P. Morgan, Ralph serves as co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Gala Committee.

Mucerino serves on FDU’s Board of Trustees and is a charter member of FDU’s Presidential Advisory Council. Owens is a 2016 PINNACLE honoree and has been honored by Silberman College as a recipient of the AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Influential Leadership Award.

Jayne Silberman, Buddy’s daughter, represented the Silberman family at the luncheon and read her father’s speech 50 years later. Two current students, sophomore Timar Brown and senior Serina Grande, also read excerpts.

“[W]e must make a judgment and a commitment to how we think it [the future] will be, and, more importantly, how it should be, and become the activists in bringing about, through business, a better social order,” said Jayne, reading the words of her father. “We must train our young, able people to go forward into the business world and implement those things which they share with us as a matter of conviction.”

Dean of Silberman College Andrew J. Rosman spoke about Buddy Silberman’s ideals, and the future of Silberman College of Business.
Dean of Silberman College Andrew J. Rosman spoke about the impact of Buddy Silberman’s ideals and his legacy.

“Perhaps 50 years from now, people will be gathered here like we are today to honor Buddy Silberman,” said Rosman. “Some of the honorees at that event may not yet be born. What will they be thinking and what will they be talking about? What will businesses be like 50 years from now? What will business education be like 50 years from now? Interestingly enough, as Buddy spoke 50 years ago about the foundational constructs of changing lives, social change, and innovation and leadership, I suspect that as long as Silberman College keeps true to Buddy’s vision, it will remain strong and will continue to be a model for other business schools.”

At the gala in September, Silberman College will honor four individuals: Rich Geraffo, senior vice president, North America Technology Division, Oracle; Michele Logan, executive chairman, CompoSecure LLC; Richard Sweeney, co-founder, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.; and Tom Timko, vice president, chief accounting officer and controller, General Motors.

Silberman College of Business is a tri-campus, international, AACSB International accredited college of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs at the Florham Campus, in Madison, N.J., and the Metropolitan Campus, in Teaneck, N.J. and undergraduate programs at the Vancouver Campus, in B.C., Canada. Silberman College is internationally acclaimed for its globally focused programs, and the professional and personal preparedness of its students. Princeton Review recommended Silberman College of Business as one of the best to earn an MBA in its 2018 rankings.