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. He will
assume his responsibilities on January 7, 2013. Funded by a $1 million gift
from Mimi and Edwin ’82 Feliciano, the innovative new center supports the
University’s commitment to preparing students for success in an increasingly competitive
“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.
“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.”
The 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.
“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. “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.”
A high-profile New Jersey business and telecommunications
technology leader, Bone was the president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey from
2000 to 2012. Although he 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.
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