Brian D. Agnew
Senior Vice President, Development,
The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital;
Executive Director, RWJUH Foundation
New Brunswick, N.J.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brian D. Agnew followed his passion for education and is now the senior vice president of development at The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and executive director of the RWJUH Foundation. Prior to this appointment, he was the assistant dean of Advancement and External Relations at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Agnew’s higher education journey began with his bachelor’s degree from Utica College with a dual major in public relations and journalism, and a minor in government studies. He obtained an MBA from Syracuse University, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class with a concentration in organization and management. Now, Agnew is pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership and communications at Rutgers. He attributes his goal-driven personality to his mother, Michelle Agnew. “My mom is a New York City public school teacher in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for the last thirty years… It’s just her nonstop persevering attitude, where nothing really is the best until you are the best,” Agnew says. Another longtime mentor is Todd S. Hutton, president of Utica College. “His guidance, support and mentorship over the past fourteen years have led me to previously unimaginable heights,” Agnew explains.
Outside of work, Agnew is a volunteer firefighter in Piscataway, N.J., and has received numerous meritorious service awards for his rescue operations during Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy. In his leisure time, Agnew plays the outside position in competitive volleyball and teaches clinics for the Central New Jersey Volleyball Club. He believes in periodically asking yourself tough questions, such as “What is your legacy?” and “How do you make it easier for young people to follow in your paths?”
Agnew would love to create more opportunities for African-American and Latino males nationwide to attend boarding schools. “[It] would develop their leadership, educational and personal skills,” he adds.