Rutgers–Camden Business and Law Alumnus Reconnects with Campus to Mentor Students

Stanley Kolodziejczak, SBC '82, CLAW '90

Stanley Kolodziejczak, SBC ’82, CLAW ’90

When Stanley Kolodziejczak looks back on his career, he can’t help but to linger for a few minutes at the very first doors he opened; doors leading to Rutgers University–Camden classrooms, which would provide him with opportunities to walk through so many others.

“I look at my foundation at Rutgers–Camden and think of how it allowed me to progress to the level that I’ve achieved,” says Kolodziejczak, a 1982 graduate of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden and a 1990 graduate of the Rutgers School of Law–Camden. “I attribute a lot of my success to Rutgers for instilling in me the qualities and the emotional intelligence that’s so important in today’s marketplace.”

Kolodziejczak is co-chair of law firm services for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), which provides audit and assurance, tax, and consulting services to various industries around the globe. The Moorestown resident is now committed to helping Rutgers–Camden students follow their own paths to success.

“Students at Rutgers–Camden are very humble and they are very willing and hungry to seek out opportunities,” he says. “There’s something about those qualities that make it a very exciting recruiting ground for firms like ours because there are many students who have a desire to succeed.”

Kolodziejczak has worked with Rutgers–Camden’s Career Center to hire 18 Rutgers–Camden students as either interns or junior staffers at PwC this year. He recently made a $50,000 pledge that will be matched by PwC to establish an endowed fellowship for Rutgers–Camden students beginning in October.

The Rutgers–Camden alumnus says he is excited to share the many different PwC opportunities with students, such as the firm’s upcoming Explore Program, which introduces freshmen and sophomores interested in public accounting to the profession.

“There’s a gap in the marketplace between what’s required to be successful versus the academic experience and we want to help prepare the students for the professional work environment, whether it be with technology or the ability to interact with other professionals,” Kolodziejczak says. “Those are the types of hands-on experiences that you don’t always get in a classroom, and we’re hoping to provide it for the students.”

He hopes the fellowship and internship programs will open similar doors for Rutgers–Camden students as they carve out their own paths to success.

“Rutgers gave me a desire and willingness to be passionate about something and own it, and we’re hoping to do the same for current students,” Kolodziejczak says.

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