Steve Selfridge
Steve Selfridge SBC’79, Executive-in-Residence

When Steve Selfridge SBC’79 was asked to serve as the first executive-in-residence at his alma mater, the answer was easy.

"As a student, I had an incredible experience at Rutgers–Camden, and I have been a member of the Dean's Leadership Council for many years," Selfridge said. "When I joined the Leadership Council, I committed to giving back as much as possible as my way of saying thank you for all Rutgers–Camden has given me.”

Selfridge will continue as the School of Business’s inaugural executive-in-residence through the Spring 2024 semester. The role was developed as part of the school’s 2023–2028 Strategic Plan; it allows students, faculty, and staff to connect with someone who has a wealth of practical knowledge and business experience that, when combined with the rigor of the classroom, creates a holistic approach to learning and growth.

“It has been a pleasure to have Steve serve as our first executive-in-residence,” said Monica Adya, dean of Rutgers School of Business–Camden. “His career trajectory, passion for mentoring students, and deep appreciation for Rutgers made him ideal for this role. Having Steve on campus with our students has been greatly beneficial in helping them to make connections, broaden their perspectives, and better prepare for the professional world.”

Selfridge, who spent more than 40 years working in a range of different leadership roles in a variety of industries, retired from Day & Zimmermann in 2023 as president of its government services business. Along the way, he developed specializations in strategic planning, business development, venture capital, supply-chain logistics, manufacturing, and mergers and acquisitions. He shares that lifetime of experience as he works with students and collaborates with faculty.

“For the students, my goal is simple: to help them make smart, informed decisions as they move through their time at Rutgers–Camden and into the job market,” Selfridge said. He tells students that long-term success requires resilience and that seeking out people with different perspectives is critical. He also encourages students to seek mentors who can offer honest feedback and thoughtful discussion.

Among the many students Selfridge has worked with is Emmanuel Reese, a senior majoring in finance and president of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting, finance, and information systems students.

“Having someone who has worked in the field and can give you practical advice about everything – from how to approach a job interview to pursuing a graduate degree – is really valuable," Reese said. "He's already been through the different things we are all facing as we start out in the world, and he’s in your corner. He really wants you to succeed.”

Selfridge's dedication to Rutgers–Camden reflects a piece of advice he shares with students whenever he has the chance:

“Don’t be quick to say no to an opportunity," said Selfridge. "It might not be a perfect fit, but every opportunity presents another stepping stone in your career and, ultimately, your life's journey. That's valuable."