#b#Management Moves at RWJF & Princeton#/b#

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, College Road East, Box 2316, Princeton 08543. 609-452-8701. Richard Besser, president and CEO. www.rwjf.org.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has named as CEO Richard Besser, who is a former acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and chief health and medical director of ABC News. Besser replaces Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, who led the $10 billion foundation for the past 14 years.

“Richard Besser is a superb choice to lead RWJF into the next stage of our work,” said Roger Fine, chairman of the foundation’s board. “He is a smart, empathetic leader and communicator — someone who can build on the great energy we have been developing around our Culture of Health vision.”

Lavizzo-Mourey’s signature initiative was launching the “Culture of Health” campaign, an ambitious billion-dollar project that set out not just to reform healthcare but to change the way Americans lived, worked, and played, all with the goal of improving health. She also oversaw a $500 million effort to combat childhood obesity.(U.S. 1, June 4, 2014.)

Besser earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and went to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins.

Besser began his career at the CDC in 1991 in the Epidemic Intelligence Service working on the epidemiology of food-borne diseases. His next job was as a faculty member of the UC San Diego, where he was pediatric residency director. In 1998 he rejoined the CDC as an epidemiologist, and finally served as acting director of the public health institute from January to June 2009. He is currently a professor of pediatrics at Columbia, and also serves as a visiting fellow at Harvard.

Lavizzo-Mourey is expected to hand off leadership to Besser in April.

Princeton University, 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton 08544. 609-258-3000. Christopher Eisgruber, president. www.princeton.edu.

Princeton University has named Deborah Prentice, the current dean of faculty, as the new provost effective July 1. She will succeed David Lee, who is returning to his former role as a professor of economics and public affairs.

As provost, Prentice will be the university’s top academic officer and chief budget officer. A graduate of Stanford, she joined the university in 1988 as a professor while she was finishing work on her doctorate in psychology from Yale.

The provost position has often been a stepping stone to greater things. Princeton University president Christopher Eisgruber was provost for nine years under Shirley Tilghman. William G. Bowen was Princeton’s provost before being named president in 1972.

Other provosts have gone on to lead other Ivy League universities. Sheldon Hackney, provost from 1972 to 1975, later became president of Tulane and then the University of Pennsylvania. Neil L. Rudenstine, provost from 1977 to 1988, became president of Harvard. Ruth Simmons, vice provost from 1992 to 1995, was later president of Smith College and then Brown. And Amy Gutmann, provost from 2001 to 2004, left to become president of Penn, where she still serves in that role.

#b#Route 518 Bridge Repair Stalled Again#/b#

The project to rebuild the Route 518 bridge over the D&R Canal hit another snag Friday, February 17, when contractors discovered pollution in the ground and water near the project, forcing the work to come to a halt for the second time since it began.

The replacement of the worn-out span was only supposed to take six months when it started in June of 2016. But the next month, a transportation funding stalemate in the state government forced the project to stop. It resumed in November and officials had expected it to be completed soon.

However, the contractor working on the bridge, Tarheel Enterprises, discovered creosote, a wood treatment chemical, in the ground and water near the project. “This discovery required us to put a temporary stop-work order in place while we established an environmental plan,” NJDOT spokesman Stephen Schapiro wrote in an e-mail.

Schapiro said the NJ Water Supply Authority, the D&R Canal State Park, and local officials had been notified of the situation. “NJDOT understands that this project is locally sensitive and we are working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue and complete the reconstruction of the bridge, but these types of unexpected environmental issues demand immediate attention to ensure the safety of the workers and the residents,” he said.

#b#Imbue Renovates in Lambertville#/b#

Imbue Creative, the ad agency, has completed its renovation of the old Lambertville Opera House, an 1860 Italian Revival building where it moved last summer. Imbue was previously located on Ludlow Drive in Ewing.

The branding and marketing agency was founded in 2004 in New Hope, and then expanded to a 1,000-square-foot office in Ewing in 2013. After outgrowing that space, Imbue moved back to its Delaware River roots, tripling its space to 3,100-square feet in the former Holcombe Hall in Lambertville. Imbue brings a team of creative executives, designers, illustrators, and account managers to its new home in Lambertville.

The work was completed with help from Probert Construction Company, Gary R. O’Connor – Architect, Innovative Commercial Interiors, and Bruce Norman Long Interior Design

According to the Lambertville Historical Society, Imbue Creative’s new home served as a theater for traveling minstrels and operas, and as a public event space during the Victorian era. Lambertville High School held their graduation ceremony on the upper floors in 1884, and various merchants sold groceries, oysters, and dry goods on the first floor.

Imbue Creative, 71 North Main Street, Lambertville 08638. Michael Piperno, chief creative officer. www.imbuecreative.com.

#b#Crosstown Move#/b#

Triveni Digital Inc., 777 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton 08540. 609-716-3500. Mark Simpson, CEO. www.TriveniDigital.com.

The digital television software and systems company has moved from Washington Road to Alexander Road.


Susan Mandel Glazer, 78, on February 13. She was a professor of education at Rider, writing 18 books and more than 200 articles on literary education. She founded Rider’s Center for Reading and Writing and was director of the center for 35 years. As a teenager, she was a Rockette.

George Homa, 84, on February 17. He was a detective in the State Police and created the force’s composite sketch department.

Sandra Kulpa, 60, on February 13. She worked at Shop Rite in Pennington, where she was known for her skill at creating fruit and vegetable arrangements.

John A. Pinto, 87, on February 13. He had a 65-year career in radio broadcasting, and was a drive-time radio host for WBUD Trenton in the 1950s and ‘60s. He later hosted the “Breakfast with Frank” and “Dinner with Frank” Frank Sinatra shows, ending in 2008 when WBUD went off the air.

James V. Tamasi, 78, on February 13. He was the founder of Tamasi Plumbing and Heating, which continues to do business under the leadership of his son Greg.

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