By Mike Sepanic
Kris kolluri, President and CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership in Camden, has been selected as one of 25 business school graduates around the world to be named a member of the 2021 Class of Influential Leaders by AACSB International.
Kolluri graduated in 1991 from the Rutgers School of Business – Camden, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in management.
“The Rutgers – Camden Business School – and all of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – are immensely proud of Kris Kolluri. This honor is highly competitive and prestigious, but its true meaning lies in reflecting Kris’ life’s work to make New Jersey a better place to live and work, ”said Monica Adya, Dean of the Rutgers School of Business at Camden.
“Kris truly stands out as a civic leader of the highest caliber. Rutgers University-Camden takes pride in our tradition of preparing our students to become the agents of change New Jersey and Delaware Valley need. The role of business training is to create value for organizations and communities, and Kris Kolluri’s career shows how Rutgers-Camden succeeds in this role.
“I am deeply honored to be named the influential leader of the AACSB,” said Kolluri, a resident of Haddonfield. “I am grateful to Dean Adya for nominating me. As a proud Rutgers – Camden graduate, I can say without reservation that the knowledge I gained at Rutgers has played a fundamental and influential role throughout my career. It has helped me adapt, accurately dissect problems, and implement lasting solutions.
As President and CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, a community and economic development nonprofit located in Camden, Kolluri leads an organization focused on the design and delivery of equity-minded, resident-focused infrastructure programs that benefit the city.
An economic development expert with experience running multibillion-dollar public transport / economic development agencies, Kolluri has previously held leadership positions statewide, including his most recent post as CEO of Rowan University / Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. During his tenure in this role, Kolluri successfully leveraged existing strengths in education, research and medicine in Camden to create new academic programs and to develop and sustain economic growth in the city and across the South Jersey region.
Kolluri also served as CEO of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, where he oversaw the state’s $ 5.3 billion school building program. He served as commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, where he managed 17,000 employees, over $ 3.6 billion in investment funds and over $ 2 billion in operating funds. He championed the largest transit capital program in state history and, under his leadership, the NJDOT created its first 10-year capital program that identified infrastructure needs to long term.
In addition to his degree from Rutgers University in Camden, Kolluri earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. He was an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers Law School and served on the advisory board of RomAsia Bank and the New Jersey board of the Regional Plan Association.
“We are inspired by the efforts of business school graduates like Kris Kolluri,” says Caryn Beck-Dudley, President and CEO of AACSB. “Rutgers University Camden is nurturing leaders who are ready to change the world and the AACSB is honored to recognize Mr. Kolluri for his positive impact on society. “
Now in its sixth year, the AACSB Influential Leader Laureates include nearly 250 business school graduates who have created lasting impact in business and society. All of the recipients have earned an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree from one of more than 880 AACSB-accredited business schools around the world.
Founded in 1916, AACSB is the world’s largest business training alliance, connecting educators, learners and businesses to create the next generation of great leaders. With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, AACSB fosters engagement, accelerates innovation and amplifies impact in sales training.