Rutgers Center for Management Development Changes Leadership

After helping Rutgers Center for Management Development (CMD) reach numerous milestones, Bill Bigoness has stepped down from his role as the center’s executive director. Bill Castellano, professor in Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), director of the Human Resource Management undergraduate programs, and director of the Strategic HR Leadership Council, will serve as interim director until June 30, 2013. 

Above: Bill Bigoness

CMD is a joint enterprise between Rutgers Business School and SMLR. Founded in 1947, it offers management and executive continuing education courses to companies around the world. CMD designs and delivers programs for both organizations and individuals.  

 “This is an exciting time for executive education at Rutgers Center for Management Development, which has been and will continue to be a joint effort between Rutgers SMLR and Rutgers Business School and is essential for our current and future success,” said Mitchell Koza, distinguished professor and vice dean for educational and research outreach at Rutgers Business School.

“We acknowledge the contributions that Bill Bigoness made to the center in the last two years, including helping to grow CMD’s revenue, build strong programs domestically and internationally, and organize and complete a move to state-of-the-art offices in downtown New Brunswick,” added Koza. “We are excited about the terrific capabilities Bill Castellano brings CMD and look forward to him taking the lead of this organization as it moves to the next level of recognition and achievements. Bill brings a unique combination of academic and business skills as well as ambition for CMD.”

During his time spent as executive director, Bigoness increased the number of Fortune 500 firms that received customized programs through CMD. This distinguished group includes ETS, Merck, Roche, and Johnson & Johnson. The center’s Mini-MBA programs in digital marketing and social media marketing have become popular offerings, and international programs doubled over the past two years. CMD’s staff also doubled over the past two years, bringing new skills and depth to serve clients. In addition, the center recently debuted a new Web site and e-newsletter.

 “Over the past several years, Rutgers Center for Management Development has made major strides in joining the foremost university-based centers for executive education,” said Bigoness. “Whether measured by revenues, corporate clients, percentage of programs delivered internationally, and new program initiatives such as CMD’s digital marketing programs or staff expertise, CMD is today among the truly exceptional providers of executive education,” he said.

“External validation of CMD’s progress was confirmed this year when Rutgers Center for Management Development was admitted to the prestigious University Consortium of Executive Education Providers (UNICON). “In the years ahead, Rutgers Center for Management Development will continue to build upon its current excellent reputation,” said Bigoness.

Above: Bill Castellano

Bill Castellano brings tremendous experience as an executive as well as a member of SMLR’s faculty to his position as interim CMD director. Castellano’s research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on the effective management of contract human capital and strategic alliances, employee engagement, and aligning business and human resource strategies to enhance organizational effectiveness. He has more than 25 years of experience working in corporate Fortune 500, entrepreneurial, and research environments. He was a managing partner at an executive search firm and a chief marketing officer at a national HR outsourcing company. Castellano also held senior HR management positions at Merrill Lynch and Manufactures Hanover Trust, where he was involved with human resource strategies and practices that supported both individual business groups and the global enterprise.

“I am appreciative of Bill Bigoness’ great service and deeply grateful that Bill Castellano has agreed to serve in this important role,” said SMLR Dean Susan J. Schurman. “As interim director, Bill will help ensure that CMD's current business activities proceed smoothly while also assisting in the search for a new, permanent CMD director,” she said.

Bill Castellano is looking forward to his new role with CMD. “I am honored to have this opportunity to partner with RBS and SMLR to help leverage and enhance their management and executive education initiatives,” he said. “We have a fantastic faculty and a great team at CMD that I look forward to working with to help build our brand and move up the rankings in this space.”