Prominent NJ Business Leaders Dave Barry and Josh Weston Elected Co-Chairs of LSC

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Jersey City, NJ – July 5, 2016 – Liberty Science Center announced today that David Barry, President and CEO of Ironstate Development, which owns and manages some 10,000 residential and hotel units throughout the region and has more than $1 billion in its development pipeline, and Josh S. Weston, the honorary Chairman and retired Chief Executive Officer of Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and one of New Jersey’s most distinguished philanthropists and community leaders, have been elected as Co-Chairs of the Board of Trustees of Liberty Science Center.

Messrs. Barry and Weston, both of whom have long been involved with LSC as supporters and Board members, succeed Dr. William A. Tansey III, who will become Honorary Chair Emeritus. Alma DeMetropolis, Managing Director of JPMorgan Private Bank, and Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, Founder and President of Bedtime Math, were reelected as Vice Chairs. Bruce L. Levy, President and CEO, BMR Energy, was reelected Treasurer.

“This is an exciting time for LSC,” said Paul Hoffman, President and CEO of Liberty Science Center. “Our annual attendance has grown 200,000 in four years and attendance revenue has nearly doubled. We are building the largest and best planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. We are turning 16 acres of Jersey City land into a world-class hub for innovation, education, and technology job creation. David Barry and Josh Weston will be great partners in helping me take the Center to even greater heights.”

Six of the Garden State’s most prominent business and industry executives will join Messrs. Barry and Weston as newly elected board members. New Managing Trustees are Anthony T. Skiadas, SVP and Controller of Verizon Communications; Dr. Minalkumar (Minal) Patel, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; and W. Nevins McCann, Partner in Connell Foley. New Advisory Trustees are Susan Mustokoff Akselrad, former Chief Employment Counsel for Solvay S.A.’s North American companies; Christopher S. Boerner, President and Head of US Commercial for Bristol-Myers Squibb; and Michele Holcomb, Teva R&D COO and SVP of R&D Strategy, Portfolio, Search, and Partnerships.

Josh S. Weston is Honorary Chairman of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. He served as Chief Executive Officer of ADP for 15 years before retiring in 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from City College of New York, and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of New Zealand. A Fulbright Scholar, he also holds several honorary degrees.

Mr. Weston’s commitment to education and human rights is evident in his extensive and enduring board service. He currently serves on many pro bono boards, including: International Rescue Committee, WNET (PBS), NJ Performing Arts Center, Liberty Science Center, NJ Food Bank, Tel Aviv Foundation, Boys Town Jerusalem, Safe Water Network, American-Israel Friendship League, KIPP-NJ Schools and FIRST Robotics. He also has served on the President’s Task Force to Improve Veterans’ Healthcare, the National Commission to Restructure the IRS, GAO Advisory Board, and DOD Tail-to-Tooth Commission.

He and his wife, Judy, live in Montclair and have four children.

David Barry is President and CEO of Ironstate Development Company, which owns and manages approximately 10,000 residential and hotel units throughout the New York/New Jersey region and has more than $1 billion in its development pipeline. Recently completed projects which represent Mr. Barry’s contribution to Jersey City’s world-class city evolution include the iconic Gwathmey Siegel-designed 70 Columbus, the unique HWKN-designed 18 Park and the contextual HLW-designed 225 Grand. Ironstate’s recent completion of a new state-of-the-art facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County reflects its deep commitment to the community.

Mr. Barry’s innovative, visionary approach to real estate development has led to the company’s latest concept: Urby®. Urby is a new type of apartment living which creates unique design solutions for today’s busy urbanites: elegant apartment design, intelligent technology, and thoughtfully planned community spaces. In Jersey City, Ironstate is currently developing Urby Harborside in partnership with Mack-Cali.

He serves on the boards of Fortress Investment Group LLC, Liberty Science Center, the Lowline, and Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. A magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a former all-Ivy wrestler at Columbia University, Barry was the team leader for USA Wrestling at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Liberty Science Center is led by a veritable “Who’s Who” of area and national business leaders and philanthropists. Its other trustees are Frederick A. Bertoldo, EVP, Regional President of Northern New Jersey, Wells Fargo Bank; Benjamin Z. Bronfman, Co-Founder, Bronfman Investment Group; Jennifer A. Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University; Kevin Cummings, President and CEO, Investors Bank; Robert J. Hariri, MD, PhD, Vice Chair, Chairman and Founder, Celgene Cellular Therapeutics; Richard M. Hodosh, MD, Medical Director, Atlantic Brain and Spine Institute; Gregory J. Khost, Managing Director, U.S. Trust, Bank of America; Barbara G. Koster, SVP and CIO, Prudential Financial; Ralph LaRossa, President and COO, Public Service Electric & Gas Company; Christopher Magovern, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates, Morristown Medical Center; Glenn Pomerantz, MD, JD; Amit Rakhit, MD, Chief Medical & Portfolio Management Officer, Ovid Therapeutics; Carolyn J. Slaski, Americas Vice Chair—Talent, EY; Thomas J. Stanton, III, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas; Vijay Swarup, VP, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company; Tony Tramontin, Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.; Marcus Weldon, PhD, President, Bell Labs, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia; and Honorary Trustees Governor Thomas H. Kean, Mayor Steven Fulop, and Susan A. Cole, President of Montclair State University.

About Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center ( is a 300,000-square-foot not-for-profit learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the world’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, a tornado-force wind simulator, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than 250,000 students visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center’s offsite and online programs. LSC is the most visited cultural institution in New Jersey with more than 650,000 visitors annually and the largest interactive science center in the NYC-NJ metropolitan area.

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