All Distinguished Alumni and Speaker Honorees

Denise Rover ’84

Posted in: 2018, College of the Arts

Denise Rover

Denise Rover is a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of Montclair State University. She received a B.A. degree with a major in Speech and Theatre/Concentration in Broadcasting.  A 35-year veteran of NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Denise has held various positions in Sales, News, and Programming at WNBC-TV.  She is an Account Manager in the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations Sales unit.

Denise recently completed two consecutive two-year terms as the President of the New York Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  In her 37 years as a member, she was elected to the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter for three terms.   She also served as Secretary and Treasurer of the organization.  Denise was elected as a Trustee of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for two terms, and was Chair of the Moving Forward: Daytime Emmy ® Awards Committee.

Skating has been a passion for most of Denise’s life.  She remains active with U.S. Figure Skating, a governing body of the U.S. Olympic Committee.  She has attended 23 World Figure Skating Championships, and several Winter Olympics.  With her combined skating and media backgrounds, Denise often shares insights and ideas with skating officials on broadcasting and advertising matters.

Denise established the Rover Family Fund for Breast Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a tribute to her late parents.  She works closely with staff to fund it annually.

Montclair State University, and specifically its School of Communication and Media, is important to Denise.  She was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the College of the Arts.  Denise has been an active donor to her alma mater over the years, and has underwritten some College of the Arts scholarships recently.

Faith and philanthropy are important pillars to Denise.  She was recently reappointed to the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ.  She also serves on the Budget Committee, and Insurance and Benefits Committee.  Denise was also appointed to the Board of Overseers at Seton Hall University/Immaculate Conception Seminary.  She was invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and has rank of a Lady Commander.