2022 Commencement Speaker

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM

John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, has served as the founder, president, and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey since 2007 and has played an inspiring and influential role in advocating for the needs of African American residents and businesses and ensuring that governmental policies are equitable and that those who are deserving have access to meaningful opportunities in the marketplace.

John is also a board member and the former chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the founder and chairman of the New York State Black Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. His vision, devotion, and commitment have been rightly recognized many times, including his distinction as the Number 1 Person of Color in New Jersey by ROI-NJ, an honor he earned the last two consecutive years. He also has been selected to NJBIZ’s Power List 100 and ROI-NJ’s Influencers: Power List 2022.

John received his bachelor’s degree in business management from FDU in 1983. He excelled in the banking industry and founded a transportation company before embarking on his career as a chamber executive.

At Commencement on May 18 at MetLife Stadium, he will be conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and hooded with the doctoral degree in Fairleigh Dickinson’s burgundy and blue colors.