Hope and Healing: Alumni Leader Sandy Stewart

Sandy Stewart CCAS’81, GSC’87, whose storied career in biotechnology includes founding several companies, said he believes that an effective vaccine will be available, but not before spring 2021. He is optimistic that the nation has learned a lesson regarding viruses and health care issues. “I hope that we get over politicizing science,” Stewart said. “I hope we come together and get back to listening to scientists and medical professionals.”

He also said he believes the lessons regarding preventing germs through handwashing and wearing masks and other methods will persist. “People now understand how easy it is to pass germs on,” he said. “That will take hold and hopefully will be forever in everyone’s mind.”

A member and former chair of the Rutgers University Board of Governors, as well as a member of the Rutgers–Camden Board of Directors, Stewart said Rutgers has responded admirably. “I’ve seen some of the most incredible people I’ve known work tirelessly for the safety of students, faculty, and staff while faculty and staff continued delivering a Rutgers education to students who did their best to take things in stride. However, we need to remain vigilant and united.”

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