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Alumnus John W. Seazholtz Receives NJIT’s Highest Honor

John W. Seazholtz, a member of the board of overseers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a 1959 graduate of Newark College of Engineering, received NJIT’s highest honor: the Edward F. Weston Medal for Distinguished Professional Achievement by an alumnus.

In April 1998, Seazholtz, a resident of Brick Township, retired as chief technology officer of Bell Atlantic Corporation following 36 years of service with the company and its predecessor. While there, he was awarded five US patents.  As a senior  Bell Atlantic officer, Seazholtz served as vice president in capacities ranging from network technologies to engineering and information services.

Seazholtz has been actively involved in NJIT Athletics as a former NCE soccer player and member of the athletics campaign steering committee.  He has taken an initiative in establishing the Bob and Dot Swanson Endowed Scholarship Fund and advancing the Herman Estrin Endowed Scholars Program.

Seazholtz joined the board of directors of Westell Technologies, Inc. in 1997 and was elected chairman in April, 2000. Prior to becoming chairman of Westell, Seazholtz served as president and chief executive officer of  Telesoft America. In May 1998, Seazholtz was elected to the board of directors of Iteris/Odetics.

Prior to 1986, Seazholtz held positions at New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., Bell Telephone Laboratories  and AT&T.  He is chairman of the eWay group, a private consulting firm.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.