Philip P. Rowan named President/CEO Of the Battleship New Jersey



For Release:

February 7, 2012



Philip P. Rowan named President/CEO


Of the Battleship New Jersey




(CAMDEN, NJ) John J. Matheussen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc. announced the hiring of Philip P. Rowan as the new President & Chief Executive Officer of the organization, which operates the Battleship USS New Jersey Museum and Memorial. Phil Rowan replaces Jim Schuck, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities.


Mr. Rowan was a Founding Member of the Home Port Alliance and served as Treasurer. He worked with the team that prepared the application to the US Navy that requested the location of the USS New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront. Phil was a member of the delegation that met with Navy officials on the application and escorted them to the proposed site on the Camden Waterfront. He also traveled to Panama to accompany The Battleship as it passed through the Panama Canal in October of 2009. “Phil was a key player in the Home Port Alliance’s formation and arranged for early-stage funding for the payment of consultants which prepared the winning application to the Navy”, said State Senator Donald Norcross, Trustee.


“The Battleship is very fortunate to have attracted someone of Phil’s caliber to this position. He has extensive financial, administrative and marketing expertise,” said Pat Jones, a Trustee and immediate past Co-Chair of the Home Port Alliance.”


Rowan was born and raised in the City of Camden and graduated from the City’s Woodrow Wilson High School. He has been an active member of the community having served on the Board of the St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, the Cooper River Rowing Association and is currently serving as the Treasurer of the South Jersey Aquatics Center, which is planning to develop a new swimming complex in Camden County.


Mr. Rowan has had a distinguished 34-year career in public administration and economic development. He served the as the CEO of the New Jersey Urban Development Corporation and Executive Director of the Camden County Improvement Authority. He was economic development director for Bridgeton and Cape May early in his career. Phil has been involved in securing grants and arranging financing for over $1 billion in community and economic development projects.


Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"

The Battleship should have been morred in the

NYC area,This would have made it more accessible

to foreign visitors as well as people in the

greater New York area.Entering NY Harbor a

plus attraction. My opinon not criticizing

anyone. Go Navy

Jim Hennessey


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