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Dave Malefsky ’78 is a sharp businessman with an eye for opportunity. His relationship with his alma mater involves a bit of both.
“I’m proud to be a graduate of NJCU,” he said. “I look at how the University has progressed, both in academics and athletics, and I want to be part of its continued success.”
In addition to consistent donations to the Annual Fund and his regular presence at sports reunions on campus, Mr. Malefsky is also in the process of establishing cooperative education opportunities for NJCU students with his company. He is senior vice president for Cambridge Security, a nationwide firm that serves many facets of the security industry.
Mr. Malefsky recalled that he was a bit of a “know-it-all” when he arrived as a freshman at then Jersey City State College. He had already proven his potential as an athlete, having played varsity soccer and baseball at Kearny High School, and was eager to move on to college-level sports. He did so with distinction.
A versatile athlete in both sports, he won eight varsity letters in four years. As a soccer player, he earned District All American honors in 1973 and 1975 and received New Jersey State College Athletic Conference recognition all four years. A standout hitter, he held the school record for triples for season (eight) and career (seven) and tied the record for RBI’s at 17 in his senior year. In 1984 he was inducted into the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame for his performance in both baseball and soccer.
After graduation, he received his national coaching license in soccer and spent two years coaching baseball and soccer at Rutgers Newark. During that period, he also coached the Special Olympics before moving on to the security business.
A self-described reluctant scholar, Mr. Malefsky said it was his time as an athlete at JCSC that truly shaped him and prepared him for life. It is this kind of opportunity he hopes to extend to today’s students through his interest as an alumnus.
“The education I received was more about the people I got involved with. I met a lot of good people who pushed me in the right direction,” he said, adding that his soccer coach, the late Robert McNulty, was a tremendous influence on his life.
“I learned about the competitive spirit and that you’re not going to win every time. The important thing is to take techniques from both the wins and the losses that will help you develop success,” he said. “I can honestly say that my success in business is largely due to my experiences at Jersey City State. I have applied the knowledge I gained from that experience through all aspects of my life and continue to do so today.”
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