Harold J. Raveché
|Harold J. Raveché|
Harold J. Raveché
|6th President of Stevens Institute of Technology|
|Term||1988 – 2010|
|Predecessor||Kenneth C. Rogers|
March 18, 1943 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Alma mater||University of California at San Diego|
Education and early career
Raveché was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at Hofstra University in 1963. He then earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and statistical mechanics from the University of California at San Diego, where his research was in statistical mechanics.
Following his PhD work at UCSD, Raveché was awarded a research fellowship working with Melville S. Green at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and then accepted a research chemist position. At the NIST, he founded the thermodynamics division and conducted a federal study on supercomputing.
In 1985 Raveché was named Dean of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he helped restructure their Science Initiatives Program to advance science education and helped increase the program’s federal research grants to $9 million. He also attracted 27 new faculty members from institutions such as the National Academy of Sciences and Duke and Columbia Universities.
Stevens Institute of Technology
In 1988, Raveché was named president of Stevens Institute of Technology to replace Kenneth Rogers, who joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. His goals upon accepting the position included: increasing the number of guest lecturers to enhance students’ interest in the sciences, improving the university’s national reputation, and encouraging students to participate in research projects. Raveché also hoped to improve the students’ communication skills with humanities courses and to develop courses in polymer processing and the analysis of coastal lands and the coastal ecology.
At Stevens, Raveché connected the university’s research programs with business and government to encourage technology development. He promoted Stevens’ trademarked Technogenesis education process, in which students learn how to commercialize the university’s research and ideas.
Raveché also emphasized the importance of a well-rounded student experience at Stevens. He expanded the Scholar-Athlete program and oversaw the renovation of student dormitories and the construction of new buildings, including the Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. Center for Technology Management and the Rocco Technology Center.
A self-described pro-business moderate Republican, Raveché was mentioned as a possible contender in the Republican Primary Elections for the New Jersey Governor’s race as early as 2005, and again in 2009. Also in 2009, he was asked to run for the seat of retiring New Jersey Senior Congressman, and Republican stalwart, H. James Saxton. A resident of Saxton’s 3rd Congressional District, Raveché respectfully declined to enter the race in order to continue in his role as president of Stevens.
Allegations by NJ Attorney General
On September 17, 2009, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced charges against Dr. Raveché and the Stevens board of trustees chairman Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. According to the state's 16-count lawsuit, Stevens' leaders allegedly kept several trustees in the dark about the school's financial condition.
The school denied the allegations and contended that the state attorney general had overstepped her legal authority.
On January 15, 2010, a settlement between Stevens Institute of Technology and the Attorney General's office was reached. The "Final Consent Judgment" stated that "the Parties have reached an amicable agreement resolving the issues in controversy and concluding this action without trial, adjudication, or any admission of liability or unlawful conduct by any Party." In the interest of ending the ongoing legal controversy, Dr. Raveché voluntarily stepped down as president at the end of the 2010 school year. Dr. Raveché was succeeded by Nariman Farvardin.
After leaving Stevens, Dr. Raveché founded Innovation Strategies International, a consulting firm which assists universities, corporations and government agencies with entrepreneurship and innovation. Raveché was the longtime Science and Technology Adviser to President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic. Raveché also served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the National University of Malaysia, and lectures on innovation in Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Taiwan and Korea. Dr. Raveché also occasionally writes on topics of geopolitics, technology, military preparedness and national security.
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