Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that Roger S. Fine, JD, has been elected chairman of its Board of Trustees, succeeding retiring Chairman Thomas H. Kean, former governor of New Jersey. The board leads the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.
Fine is the former corporate vice president and general counsel of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), and was first elected to the RWJF Board in January 2010. He retired from J&J after a 30-year career with the company, including 15 years as a member of the J&J Executive Committee. Fine is chairman of the board of trustees of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, an arm of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is also on the board of the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, having served as its chair for 14 years, and is a trustee of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions of Israel, a network of educational institutions in Israel. Fine is also a former member of the board of trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a former member of the board of directors of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He currently serves as general partner at Windham Venture Partners, a venture capital firm.
Fine graduated from Columbia University and earned his law degree from New York University School of Law.
“I am delighted to assume the chairmanship of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and follow in the legendary footsteps of Governor Kean, which is both an honor and a challenge,” said Fine. “He has been a model board chair, full of wisdom and vision. His calm guidance has been indispensable to the board and to the Foundation for many years. I look forward to shepherding the Foundation in the years ahead, relying on his example to guide me.”
Kean became chairman of the RWJF Board in 2005 and served as a board member since 1990. He was governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990, and president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005. He is presently chairman of THK Consulting, LLC.
Kean served as chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly known as the 9-11 Commission. He chairs the board of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and formerly chaired the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s board.
“I can’t think of a finer choice than Roger to take on the board chairmanship,” said Kean. “He is a confident leader and a true gentleman. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a stellar organization with a critical mission. It is worthy of his time, insight, and leadership.”
RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, lauded both leaders. “When a great, transformative board chair steps down, it’s a sad day for any institution,” she said. “Gov. Kean has been an indispensable friend and mentor to me, and a pillar of strength at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He will be greatly missed. We are fortunate to have a person like Roger Fine ready to step in and lead our board of trustees. His deep experience on boards and in business will be a huge asset—as will his style and personality. Roger knows how to bring people together, and I look forward to working with him.”
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter www.rwjf.org/twitter or Facebook www.rwjf.org/facebook.