Monday, December 17, 2012

Ex-Verizon boss to run Montclair U. entrepreneur center

Dennis M. Bone, who retired in June as President of Verizon Wireless, is assuming a new career challenge as the inaugural director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University's School of Business.  Bone's first day on the job will  be on January 7.

“We are proud to announce the appointment of Dennis Bone as the inaugural director of the School of Business’ Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “Under his able leadership, entrepreneurship will become an integral component of the educational experience for the University’s students, and I expect the Feliciano Center will become an invaluable resource not just for the University community, but also for the state and the region.” 

The center is funded by a $1 million gift from Mimi and Edwin ’82 Feliciano.

Bone was the president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey from 2000 to 2012. He began his 33-year career at Verizon as an outside plant engineer for New Jersey Bell, he also worked in operations, competitive assessment, regulatory matters and external affairs before serving as president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-West Virginia from 1995 until 2000. 

Bone, who holds an MBA from Rutgers University and an MS from Johns Hopkins University, also is chairman of  the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission and serves on the Boards of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. 
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