2013 Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership honored as third recipient of the annual Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award

Mr. Alfred C. Koeppe , CEO, Newark Alliance


About the Awardee

Alfred C. Koeppe is the former CEO of the Newark Alliance. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey.

He began his career with New Jersey Bell in 1969 in the Operations Department and enrolled in Seton Hall University Law School’s Evening Division in 1972. After becoming a Member of the New Jersey and District of Columbia Bars in 1975, he served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Vincent P. Biunno, USDC NJ, and then became a trial attorney for the New Jersey Department of the Public Defender.

In 1978 he joined AT&T in Washington D.C. as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice, MCI and Southern Pacific antitrust cases.

He returned to New Jersey Bell as a General Attorney in 1983 and, after serving in a number of senior positions in operations and finance, was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of New Bell-Atlantic New Jersey in 1993. Subsequently, he joined PSE&G and become President and COO of that firm in March 2000.

Mr. Koeppe received his BA in English and History from Rutgers University, Newark and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. To learn more about Mr. Koeppe and his accomplishments, click here for his full bio.

About the Award

This annual award is in honor of a dear friend and champion of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Steven J. Diner, former Rutgers-Newark Chancellor. The Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates a long-term commitment to strengthening civil society through ethical leadership. In addition, the annual awardee names a nonprofit organization in Newark that receives a monetary prize.  This year Mr. Koeppe has chosen St. Benedict’s Preparatory School.  St. Benedict's Prep is devoted to educating young men from Newark, its surrounding area and beyond. While explicitly dedicated to serving minority youngsters, and those from low-income backgrounds, the school welcome students from all racial, religious, and socioeconomic groups to create real diversity.  St. Benedict's students learn to exercise leadership in all aspects of school life. Through a rigorous college prep curriculum and vibrant extracurricular offerings, students develop the mind, stretch the heart, form character, and nourish the spirit.

To learn more about last year's award and recipient, click here.

Support this Award Today

Please consider making a contribution in support of the Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award, in honor of Mr. Alfred C. Koeppe and for your commitment to Rutgers University and community engagement in the City of Newark.   A check to the Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award may be sent to:

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership
Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award
1 Washington Park, 10th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

You can also make your contribution online, click here.

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