Vincent and Ellen Forlenza fundamentally believe that support for research and educational innovation is a critical success factor for Lehigh. This style of forward thinking inspired them to establish the Ellen and Vincent A. Forlenza ’75 Endowed Fund for research, faculty and programs within the health and healthcare initiative at the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science (RCEAS).
The Forlenza’s also support many Lehigh initiatives within RCEAS and have contributed to other important projects including the construction of the STEPS facility. They are members of the Asa Packer Society and the Tower Society, Lehigh’s leadership giving societies.
Vincent’s leadership extends beyond his philanthropy. He is a member of Lehigh’s Board of Trustees where he serves on the Campus Planning and Operations and the Global Affairs committees. Additionally, he served as a member of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Advisory Council for nine years.
Vincent is Chairman, CEO and President of Becton Dickinson and Co. (BD), a leading global medical device, diagnostics and life science research products company. Vince joined BD in 1980. He has served in multiple business and functional leadership roles during his career, including several years living in France. Vincent also serves as Chairman of AdvaMed, the industry association representing manufacturers of medical devices and diagnostic tests.
Vincent earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1975 and his master’s degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. While at Lehigh, he was a member of the men’s basketball team, the Newman Association, Delta Chi, and the American Institute for Chemical Engineers.
Ellen is a graduate of Skidmore College where she studied business. She is highly involved with the Quest Foundation, an organization that provides opportunities for young adults with autism.
The Forlenza’s live in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and have two daughters, Joy and Corie.