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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.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.