Jersey City, NJ – Short Hills resident and a member of Saint Peter's class of 1975, Frank L. Fekete, was elected chair of the Board of Trustees for the University replacing Thomas P. Mac Mahon ’68 as chair of the Board and will serve for a three-year term.
“Saint Peter’s University is in the midst of a renaissance and has made tremendous strides since my time as a student,” Fekete said. “I am eager to lead the Board of Trustees as we strive to continue the University’s impressive transformation.”
Fekete has been with Mandel, Fekete and Bloom, CPAs, a certified public accounting firm located in Jersey City, for more than 35 years and has served as its managing partner since 1984. Before joining Mandel, Fekete & Bloom, CPAs, he was an audit manager with Price Waterhouse & Co., servicing multi-national public companies.
A member of the Saint Peter's board since 2011, Fekete also serves on many boards, including the Board of Directors for Provident Financial Services, Inc. where he also serves as chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a member of the Hackensack University Health Network Board of Trustees, where he serves as treasurer as well as chairman of various committees. Additionally, Fekete is a member of the Board of Trustees for John Cabot University, an American University located in Rome, Italy.
Saint Peter’s University honored Fekete with a Professional Achievement Award at its annual Hearts & Minds celebration in 2016. During his acceptance speech, Fekete thanked his family for prompting him to pursue an education at Saint Peter’s, which helped him build a future for himself and his family. “Saint Peter’s has given me more than I could ever give back,” he said.
Continuing the success realized under his predecessor Mac Mahon, retired chairman and chief executive officer of LabCorp, who oversaw a capital campaign that raised more than $64 million for the University, is a high priority for Fekete. His $7.5 million gift to Students at the Center: The Campaign for Saint Peter’s University was the largest of the campaign and helped fund the state-of-the-art Mac Mahon Student Center.
“Saint Peter’s University wouldn’t be where it is today without the hard work, generosity and dedication of Tom and others,” Fekete stated. “I look forward to building upon the success of those who led before me.”
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