Robert E. Campbell, GSB '55
Robert E. Campbell is a 1955 alumnus of Fordham's Gabelli School of Business.
"Fordham influenced my life and provided opportunities for me," says Bob Campbell, a trustee emeritus of Fordham. "My support should provide opportunities for others."
Upon graduating from Fordham in 1955, Campbell was recruited by Johnson & Johnson. Except for military service in the Air Force, he spent his entire career with the medical products company, retiring in 1995 as vice chairman of its board of directors. For 40 years he helped build Johnson & Johnson into a $30 billion international corporation focused on pharmaceuticals and professional devices.
Campbell credits his parents with instilling in him character and a sense of values, which Fordham reinforced. Fordham's emphasis on ethical conduct and intellectual honesty helped to prepare him for a successful life, he says.
Over the years, he developed a keen interest in supporting "institutions that exist to benefit society," Campbell says. He chaired the Fordham Board of Trustees and the Robert Wood Johnson Board of Trustees. He is still active on behalf of both institutions and several other organizations.
He created the Robert E. Campbell Endowed Scholarship Fund at Fordham in 2001. "I appreciate the importance of endowment," he says. "It provides Fordham with flexibility and enables our university to focus on its priorities instead of scraping every year to balance the budget."
Bob and his wife, Joan, made a leadership gift to Excelsior | Ever Upward | The Campaign for Fordham to build a new residence hall. "We like the idea of continuing to build the Fordham residential community," Campbell says. "There is a concept of family and bonds of friendship that young people develop when they live on our Fordham campuses."
Now a Fordham trustee emeritus, Campbell has also agreed to serve as an honorary chairman of the campaign. "This campaign marks a transformative event in Fordham's history," he says. "Everyone who takes part will play an important role in shaping our university.
"Those who make gifts will establish a new level of excellence for Fordham and a legacy for the future. We're going to enable Fordham to do so much more: provide opportunities for students, strengthen our faculty and build excellent facilities. We can advance our university's core values and take it to a new level of capability and quality."