President Joel Bloom Named to NJBIZ's List of the 100 Most Influential Business People

The magazine NJBIZ once again named President Joel Bloom to its list of most influential business people in the state.

NJIT President Joel Bloom was once again named to NJ Biz’s list of the state’s 100 most influential business people. Bloom, who made the list last year, was ranked 62nd.

The magazine praised Bloom for helping NJIT forge effective partnerships with in-state businesses -- partnerships that lead to solutions.

“NJIT has long been hailed on these pages for the innovative ways it’s working with the business community,” wrote the NJBIZ editors. “Not just to prepare its students for the STEM-based work of the future, but collaborating with business to find solutions. There’s the Innovation Institute (capably run by Don Sebastian) and an increasing connection with nearby Panasonic. And we hear some bigger connections are coming. Joel Bloom, the president of the school, has been in front of it all.”

Bloom said he was grateful to the magazine for recognizing his leadership but that the credit should go to NJIT’s faculty, its research centers and the New Jersey Innovation Institute.   

"Our graduates also lead the nation not only in their earning power but in their technical prowess, helping companies to compete in the global economy,” said Bloom. “Our R&D partnerships with our 95 incubator companies and scores of New Jersey businesses create the ecosystem for innovation and economic development, thereby growing the state economy. We are delighted our efforts are succeeding and look forward to creating even more business partnerships in 2016."

NJIT Alumnus Paul Sarlo ’92 ’95 and Trustee Joseph M. Taylor, also made the power list.

Bloom, who became NJIT’s president in 201l, is spearheading the growth of the university, currently achieving a student enrollment of more than 11,000 students, hiring nearly 100 additional faculty, a $300 million campus transformation of new facilities such as the Life Sciences and Engineering Building, the Wellness and Event Center, the Science Park parking facility and renovations to the Central King Building. Under his leadership, the admissions standards have risen, research funding has improved to more than $110 million, the university’s reputation as a top research and polytechnic university has grown and the New Jersey Innovation Institute was created as a prime entry for business and government partners as well as to help increase NJIT’s already substantial economic impact.

Bloom started his career in industry working as an economist. He subsequently became an educator and administrator for the New York City public schools. Before coming to New Jersey, he worked as a research director and instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University. In New Jersey, he managed state and federally-funded curriculum development and training centers for the state. From 1983 through 1990, Bloom served as assistant commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Education for the Division of General Academic Education.

By Robert Florida

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