PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 28, 2013) – Former Rutgers men’s track & field captain, Dr. Randal Pinkett, will be inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni on May 4, 2013.
Dr. Pinkett will be among the 2013 inductees that include women’s soccer standout and two-time gold medalist Carli Lloyd, Chairman of NewPage Corporation Mark Angelson, President and CEO of Pepco Holding, Inc. Joseph Rigby and noted author Judith Viorst.
A four-year member of the Rutgers track and field team, competing in both the high jump and long jump, Dr. Pinkett was a First Team Academic All-American and selected as the Rutgers Outstanding Male Athlete as a senior. The first and only African-American to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University, he was also inducted Capital One/CoSIDA NCAA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2011 for his success in athletics and in the classroom.
Following graduation from Rutgers, Dr. Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management consulting and information technology solutions firm.
Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards for business and technology excellence including the Information Technology Senior Management Forum’s Beacon Award, the National Society of Black Engineers’ Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the National Urban League’s Business Excellence Award. He has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Nightline and Larry King Live, and he has been recognized by USA TODAY newspaper as one of the top 20 scholars in the country. In 2009, he was named to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.
Dr. Pinkett has served as a brand ambassador for AMTRAK, Verizon Communications, and Outback Steakhouse, and as a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks, the National Black MBA Association, the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series, New Jersey Reads, Junior Achievement of New York, and the Minority Information Technology Consortium.
Dr. Pinkett was also the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Trump. He was selected as one of 18 candidates chosen from among 1 million applicants to compete for the opportunity to run one of Donald Trump’s companies.
Dr. Pinkett holds five academic degrees including: a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University; a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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