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In May 2012, the Rutgers-Newark Office of Communications sat down with NCAS/UCN alumnus Alfred C. Koeppe, CEO of the Newark Alliance. Koeppe has been a leading voice in Newark for more than 30 years. Below, his compelling interview and bio.
Alfred C. Koeppe has been CEO of the Newark Alliance since October 2003. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey.
He began his career with New Jersey Bell in 1969 in the Operations Department, later became a trial attorney for the New Jersey Department of the Public Defender and for AT&T in the Department of Justice antitrust case. In 1993, he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey. Subsequently, he joined PSE&G and become President and COO of that firm in March 2000.
Mr. Koeppe received his BA from Rutgers University, Newark and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Trailblazer Award, presented by the Council for Action for Minority Professionals; the Diversity Award, presented by the International Consortium of Information Technological Executives; the Anti-Defamation League's Americanism Award; the NCCJ Humanitarian of the Year Award; and both the NAACP's and AFL-CIO's Corporate Leadership Award. An inventor, he holds a patent for a home incarceration system using telecommunications voice recognition technology.
Mr. Koeppe served as Chairman of Chief Justice Wilentz's Supreme Court Commission to reform the New Jersey Court System and has also chaired the New Jersey Higher Education Commission, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and the New Jersey Domestic Security Infrastructure Taskforce. As part of his reform efforts, in 2005, Acting Governor Richard Codey requested Mr. Koeppe to assume the Chairmanship of the New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation with a mandate to restore its financial integrity. He is a member of the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni and currently is the Chairman of New Jersey's Economic Development Authority.
Mr. Koeppe holds memberships in the New Jersey and American Bar Associations. He also serves as a trustee for St. Benedict's Prep School in Newark. He is a member of the Board of Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey and of the New Jersey Resources Corporation. He and his wife, Ann reside in Manasquan, N.J.