Hall of Distinguished Alumni
Rutgers’ Most Distinguished Alumni
The Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni recognizes graduates who embody the Scarlet Forever ideal and push it further in ways that change the world and strengthen their alma mater—now and for future generations. Each year, Rutgers selects and celebrates these extraordinary individuals to highlight the rich history, enduring values, and far-reaching aspirations of the Rutgers alumni community.
Aerospace technology and engineering trailblazer Kenneth Johnson ENG’66
Public health leader and medical professional Judith Persichilli NUR’76
Project management and energy industry pioneer Brian Reilly ENG’80
Public policy researcher and thought leader Richard W. Roper NCAS’68
Past inductees number more than 200 and include actor James Gandolfini, author Janet Evanovich, poet Robert Pinsky, and five former New Jersey governors. The Hall of Distinguished Alumni is the highest honor given to Rutgers graduates of the University. Honorees have devoted time and energy to the greater good of society and Rutgers as well. Many have triumphed in business, sports, science, or the arts.