May 3, 2007
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UMDNJ Board of Trustees Hires New University General Counsel
Lester Aron, Esq., Appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel
NEWARK—The Board the of Trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has hired Lester Aron, Esq., as new Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
Aron is currently a member of Sills Cummis Epstein and Gross where he is co-chair of the firm's Employment and Labor Practice Group. An attorney for more than 25 years, Aron has extensive experience representing companies, non-profits and public entities in employment issues and has represented New Jersey public school districts and university boards on a wide range of issues.
"The hiring of new leadership for our Legal Department marks an important milestone for the University," said Board Chairman Robert Del Tufo. "During the past year we have implemented an aggressive reform agenda so that our many talented researchers, faculty and clinicians can continue their critically important work. By working collaboratively with the federal Monitor, we have identified a talented and dedicated legal professional for our management team to ensure these reforms will continue and flourish."
Aron will join the UMDNJ on May 21.
"I am pleased that the Board of Trustees has shown confidence in me with its selection as the new General Counsel," said Aron. "I look forward to being part of the management team that continues putting the University back on the right track. UMDNJ is poised to reach even greater heights in clinical care, research, health education and community outreach, and I am excited to be a part of that process."
Aron received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bar in New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia. He resides in Livingston.
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,700 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and a school of public health on five campuses. Annually, there are more than two million patient visits at UMDNJ facilities and faculty practices at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a statewide mental health and addiction services network.