1999 Alumni Achievement Award Luncheon

Rossello, BBA '78 of PricewaterhouseCoopers Garners Lubin's Top Alumni Achievement Award

John T. Rossello, Jr., B.B.A. '78, an Assurance and Business Advisory Services partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, was celebrated on December 3, 1999, as the seventh and final Lubin Alumni Achievement Award honoree of the 20th century.


Dean Arthur L. Centonze (right) celebrates with honorees (l to r) Maria Mignone-Aulisa, Renee Willis, John T. Rossello, Jr.,and Lisa Heffron.
Crediting his education at the Lubin School with giving him the tools needed to advance in business, Rossello reminisced in his acceptance speech about professors who were "relentless in their pursuit of education,"—talented instructors who dispensed "information in a manner that was usable in the real world." Rossello said he had been lucky enough to be on both the receiving and giving sides of this pursuit of education that he treasured as a philosophical guidepost for his life.

The annual Lubin award ceremony and scholarship luncheon was held at Chase Manhattan Bank's downtown headquarters. Chase, co-sponsor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, again graciously donated its Executive Dining Room for the event.

Rossello received the Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding professional leadership and strong commitment to civic and social causes.

In honor of their remarkable professional leadership and contributions to Pace University and the Lubin School, alumni Renee Willis, M.B.A. '93, and Maria Mignone-Aulisa, B.B.A. '95, received the Recent Alumni Service Award. Lisa A. Heffron, a graduate student majoring in Financial Management and International Business, received the Alumni Achievement Scholarship.

The celebration was attended by over 250 people, including colleagues, friends, and relatives of the honorees; Pace President Patricia O. Ewers; Dr. Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, vice president for academic affairs and provost; Lubin School Dean Arthur L. Centonze; and other Pace administrators, Lubin faculty, and alumni.

Numerous alumni helped organize the festivities, including Lester J. Stephens, Jr. B.B.A. '66 and M.B.A. '70, a retired senior vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank and member of the Alumni Luncheon Honorary Committee; James N. Fernandez '78, executive vice president of Tiffany & Co.; James E. Healey '64, CFO of Nabisco, Inc., and a former award recipient; Sandra Hernandez '74 and '79, managing director, Marsh and McLennan; and Edward F. Murphy '74, COO, Asia Pacific Region, J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated, another recent recipient of this award.

Several of PricewaterhouseCooper's corporate representatives were also involved in making this such a successful event, including William Borruso '66, a partner, and Richard Kearns, vice chair of the firm. The luncheon's co-chairs included two more PricewaterhouseCoopers representatives, John J. Reville '80, a partner, and Philip Bancroft, New York Metro ABAS Leader for the firm. The other co-chair was Bridget-Anne Hampden '79, last year's Alumni Achievement Award recipient and a senior vice president of Global Bank Technology Risk Management and Information Security at Chase Manhattan Bank.

A Commitment to Education
During his acceptance speech, John Rossello stressed the importance of continuous learning. "I do believe in the corny old adage that you can, and should, learn something new everyday, " he said.

Rossello encouraged the students present to take full advantage of their education. "Take advantage of the professors, who are great," he added. "Take advantage of the University, the entire experience. Raise your expectations. This is a wonderful time and place to learn and grow."

A 1978 magna cum laude graduate with a B.B.A. degree in Accounting, Rossello began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, the predecessor firm to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the same year. He was admitted to the partnership just a decade later and over the course of his career, he has become a recognized expert in accounting for a record number of merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions. Focusing on the insurance industry, Rossello was the co-leader of the ABAS Metro Insurance Practice from 1996 to 1998.

Rossello currently chairs Pace University 's Corporate Representatives Committee, is co-chair of the Accounting Sub-committee for the Lubin Campaign Steering Committee and is also a member of the Campaign Council of Pace University. A tireless participant in civic and community service, in addition to mentoring to professionals at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rossello has served as a business advisor to the INROADS program, an international career development and training organization for minority youth, and has also been an ex-officio board member of the Domus Foundation, a non-profit group that aids "at risk" teenage boys.

"Your impressive career, dedication to Pace, and devotion to your family are an inspiration to us all," remarked Dean Arthur Centonze in presenting the award. "You are a remarkable role model—balanced, determined, and committed to excellence and service. Our goal at Pace University has been to educate our students to lead successful lives. You, John Rossello, have accomplished this objective."

Lubin's New Leaders
Presented by James Healey, the Recent Alumni Service Award recognized the achievements of Renee Willis '93, a consultant with IBM, and a member of the Lubin Alumni Association Board, the Lubin Lecture Series Committee, and the Alumni Strategy Committee; and Maria Mignone-Aulisa '95, a Global Human Resources Generalist at J.P. Morgan and co-chair of the Recent Alumni Committee.

Proceeds from the luncheon will go toward the Alumni Achievement Endowed Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded based on need, academic performance , and leadership potential. Lisa A. Heffron M.B.A.'01, the recipient of this year's scholarship, is a graduate assistant at the Center for Applied Research and president-elect of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics. "I find it extremely encouraging that so many alumni are interested in and participate in events regarding their alma mater," said Heffron as she addressed the audience. "Your participation and interest directly influences students like myself, and motivates recent graduates to get involved with their alma mater."