About John Heldrich

John J. Heldrich, who passed away in October 2014, was the chairperson of the Heldrich Center's National Advisory Board. He was one of New Jersey's most remarkable business and civic leaders. Heldrich combined his career as a top executive at Johnson & Johnson with a record of leadership and commitment to public, community, and civic service. He retired from Johnson & Johnson in 1991 after 41 years of service that included serving as corporate vice president of administration, as well as being a member of the executive committee and board of directors. He was the driving force behind the successful redevelopment of New Brunswick, and eventually chaired and founded New Brunswick Tomorrow, the nonprofit organization that has spearheaded the city's renewal. Heldrich was the founding chair of the New Jersey State and Employment Training Commission, the state agency responsible for preparing the state's workforce to meet the demands of employees and the economy. As chair of the Heldrich Center's National Advisory Board, Mr. Heldrich worked closely with board members, prospective and current financial supporters, outside leaders, staff, and Rutgers leadership, to establish organizational priorities and partners, and guide strategies for growth.