2021 PRESIDENT’S MEDAL RECIPIENT

2021 PRESIDENT’S MEDAL RECIPIENT

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John E. (Jack) Brennan ’68, P’06 in memoriam
Vice Chairman (retired), Southern Union Co.
 
John E. (Jack) Brennan ’68, P’06 received a bachelor’s degree in management from the University in 1968. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. in Thailand. Following his years of service, Jack joined Motorola as a salesman. He later co-founded Metro Mobile CTS, Inc., and served as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Metro Mobile was later sold to Bell Atlantic, which would eventually become Verizon Communications. He was also President of Activated Communications and a member of the board of directors at Spectrum Signal Processing. At the time of his retirement, he was the Vice Chairman of the Board of Southern Union Co. (later acquired by Energy Transfer LP).

During his professional career, Jack was an active member of his community, serving as President of the Radio Club of America, as President of the Old Tappan Board of Education, as a member of the Old Tappan Planning Board, and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. In support of his passion for furthering the education of young minds, Jack was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees at Christ the King School (Cristo Rey) in Newark, N.J., and at the University, where he was also a founding member of the Kania School of Management Advisory Board. He was also among the inaugural inductees to the Business Leader Hall of Fame. In October 2000, the University named Brennan Hall, the home of the Kania School of Management, in his honor.

Jack passed away in September 2020 after battling cancer. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, their two children and their grandchildren.