2015 Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership honored 2015 recipient of the annual Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award

Reverend Dr. M. William Howard, Jr., Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church

PHOTO: Reverend howard, pastor, bethany baptist church


About the Awardee

From his early life in Americus, Georgia, to the present, M. William Howard, Jr. has sought to apply his faith toward transforming the human condition.  The Reverend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds an elected position on the board of directors of New Jersey Resources, and served on the Rutgers University Board of Governors for 10 years (until 2010), three of those as Chair.  Dr. Howard was called to pastor Bethany Baptist Church in Newark in 2000, where the challenges facing this City’s residents became central in his focus.  In addition to his board posts, accolades, citations and honorary degrees, career highlights include conducting Christmas services for the U.S. Embassy personnel held hostage in Iran; heading the delegation of noted ministers charged with obtaining the release of U.S. Navy pilot, Lt. Robert Goodman, who was being held as a prisoner of war in Syria; and in 2007, chairing the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission, which led to the abolition of the death penalty in NJ. Read more about Reverend Howard here.


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, Reverend Howard has chosen Bethany Cares, Inc. (BCI) to receive the monetary prize in his honor. Initiated in 2002 through Bethany Baptist Church, BCI focuses on delivering a literacy and social action curriculum to the children and families of Newark. Directed by Reverend Howard, BCI is a community development corporation that enhances the church’s outreach capacity by serving families and young people from all walks of life. Bethany Cares, Inc. has two major purposes: (1) To help enrich the lives of community residents within the surrounding area by promoting community and economic development; and (2) To provide housing, community services, job training and other activities that will lead to the improvement of the community infrastructure, standards of living and quality of life. A Board of Directors, comprised of both church members and non-members guides BCI.

Scroll down to learn more about last year's award, Michelle Y. Lee, Wells Fargo, or to learn about past recipients click here.


Support this Award Today

Please consider making a contribution in support of the Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award, in honor of Reverend Howard 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

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