Two new members join Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Board of Trustees

Teaneck, NJ (March 11, 2021) – Fairleigh Dickinson University is pleased to announce two new members have joined its Board of Trustees. The new trustees include FDU alumnus and banking executive Lester Owens and healthcare entrepreneur and best-selling author Micheline Nader.

“I am honored these two accomplished professionals are joining FDU’s Board of Trustees and I look forward to collaborating with them as we face many new challenges and opportunities in higher education,” said FDU President Christopher A. Capuano.

Lester Owens is Senior Executive Vice President and head of Operations of Wells Fargo & Company, responsible for building a more unified, more integrated approach to Wells Fargo’s business operations functions. He serves on the Wells Fargo Operating Committee and is based in New York.

Lester Owens

Lester Owens

Lester has more than 30 years of leadership, risk management, and operations experience in the financial services industry. He joined Wells Fargo from BNY Mellon, wherefrom February 2019 to April 2020 he was Global Head of Operations, responsible for a team of 20,000 employees supporting every stage of the client investment lifecycle, including account creation, trading, clearing and settlement, and asset servicing.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Lester spent 10 years at JPMorgan Chase, where he was responsible for Global Wholesale Banking Operations, among other roles. He previously led significant operations functions for Deutsche Bank, Citibank, and Bankers Trust.

Lester is a member of the Brooklyn Diocese Advisory Board “Futures in Education Foundation” and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, Inc., the leading academic health system in New Jersey.

Lester earned a BA from Long Island University and EMBA at FDU’s Rutherford Campus. In 2019 he was inducted into FDU’s Silberman College of Business Hall of Fame. Lester is married to Barbara Owens.  They have four children.

Micheline Nader is a serial healthcare entrepreneur, best-selling author of the “Dolphin’s Dance” and the CEO of the Jesra Foundation. 

Micheline Nader

Micheline Nader

As a healthcare entrepreneur, Micheline founded and led the Blue Dolphin Healthcare group where she built and managed a chain of skilled nursing home facilities in the Midwest. After 15 years of operations, she successfully sold her company to a public healthcare group.

Through her writings, workshops and speaking engagement, Micheline creates value for individuals and organizations with a focus on personal development, leadership growth and cultural transformation.

Micheline is an active philanthropist through her Jesra family foundation, which focuses on education, leadership, health and wellbeing of underprivileged populations.

Prior, Micheline led a successful career in hospital administration where she held executive positions at the American University Hospital of Beirut and the American Hospital of Paris and co-founded Chateau Westmount, a long-term care facility in Montreal, Canada allied with McGill University.

She chairs the Silberman College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and serves on the board of Meditation for Leadership.

Micheline holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the American University of Beirut and a Doctoral Degree in Healthcare Management (DESS) from Paris-Dauphine University.

About Fairleigh Dickinson University
Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson is New Jersey’s largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. For more information, visit


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