Montclair State University Names Dennis M. Bone Director of Mimi and Edwin Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at the School Of Business

Former president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey to head University’s innovative new center for entrepreneurial education

Release Date: December 13, 2012

Montclair State University has appointed Dennis M. Bone, former president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey, as the inaugural director of its Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at the School of Business. Funded by a $1 million gift from Mimi and Edwin Feliciano, the innovative new center supports the University’s commitment to preparing students for success in an increasingly competitive global economy.

A high-profile New Jersey business and telecommunications technology leader, Bone was the president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey from 2000 to 2012. During his tenure, he successfully helped transform Verizon New Jersey from a voice-driven telecommunications company into a robust voice, data and video company.

While Bone began his 33-year career at Verizon as an outside plant engineer for New Jersey Bell, he also worked in operations, competitive assessment, regulatory matters and external affairs before serving as president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-West Virginia from 1995 until 2000.

Bone, who holds an MBA from Rutgers University and an MS from Johns Hopkins University, is an active volunteer whose current service commitments include chairing the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission and serving on the Boards of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. Bone is the founding chairman of Choose New Jersey and previously chaired the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the boards of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Liberty Science Center, the Aviation Research and Technology Park; and was co-chair of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Economic Development Transition Team.

The University’s innovative new Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and its entrepreneurial development program will familiarize students with the concepts and realities of new venture formation by combining traditional classroom-based coursework with experiential learning opportunities.

“Whether a student is interested in working with a Fortune 100 corporation or starting his or her own enterprise, the principles of entrepreneurship will define the academic experience at Montclair State’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at the School of Business,” said the school’s dean, E. LaBrent Chrite.

“The new Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship will play a pivotal role in furnishing Montclair State students with the tools and skills they need to succeed as entrepreneurs in today’s rapidly evolving world market,” said Bone, who was the University’s School of Business convocation speaker in May 2012. “I look forward to developing and working with a dynamic team of faculty members, area entrepreneurs and business leaders, and other external stakeholders to position the University as a leader in market-centered entrepreneurial education and new venture creation.”

“We are proud to announce the appointment of Dennis Bone as the inaugural director of the School of Business’ Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “In the many opportunities I have had to work with Dennis on various initiatives in the state, I have always found him to be wise, knowledgeable, and creative. Under his able leadership, entrepreneurship will become an integral component of the educational experience for the University’s students, and I expect the Feliciano Center will become an invaluable resource not just for the University community, but also for the state and the region.”

Bone will assume his responsibilities as the inaugural director of the University’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship on January 7, 2013.

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