Honesty and integrity are keys to success for alumnus Edward H. Salmon M'71November 19, 2012
Educator. Public official. Regulator. Businessman. Coach. Grandfather, father, and husband. Those are just a handful of the titles that describe Dr. Edward H. Salmon M’71, a man who has dedicated nearly 50 years of service to South Jersey.
Dr. Edward H. Salmon
Upon earning his B.A. from Gettysburg College, Dr. Salmon accepted a teaching and coaching position in Millville School District. His decision to search for employment in South Jersey was a strategic one. A week before earning his undergraduate degree, Dr. Salmon married his long-time sweetheart, Marilyn ’65, who was completing her degree at Glassboro State College. Using Glassboro as a central point, he was determined to find a teaching position within a 20-mile radius of the College.
It did not take long for Dr. Salmon to demonstrate his leadership prowess. In his first year at Millville Junior High School, he was elected department chair, and, within two years, he coached the Millville Senior High School basketball, cross country, and track and field teams to Group IV Conference Championships.
Dr. Salmon’s ties to Glassboro State College continued when he earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration. He also served on the GSC Board of Trustees for a time. Dr. Salmon later earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of Delaware. During his time at GSC, Dr. Robert Bole, a distinguished education professor and administrator, was one of his role models.
“Everyone respected and admired him,” he said. “He could truly relate to young people.”
That was a valuable lesson that stuck with Dr. Salmon throughout his career.
As an educator, Dr. Salmon witnessed how young people were often treated differently and searched for ways to motivate them. His solution? “Treat everyone with great respect. It’s the way you should treat people.”
That philosophy has followed Dr. Salmon through all of his endeavors—from his term as Millville’s youngest mayor, a Cumberland County Freeholder Director, N.J. Assemblyman, President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities, and as chairman of Salmon Ventures Limited.
Dr. Salmon’s current transition to the private sector is an opportunity he cherishes. Over the past 10 years, he’s focused on Salmon Ventures Limited, a national firm with eight teammates and 80 associates providing professional services to utilities, government agencies, educational institutions, trade organizations and corporate businesses.
Throughout all his lines of work, Dr. Salmon has demonstrated an uncanny ability to bring people together and facilitate change. This can be largely attributed to his business philosophy: “Have integrity, always be honest and give 100 percent effort.”
His advice to recent alumni echoes that sentiment.
“Have integrity in what you do. Whatever you say, you do,” he said.
The Salmons have two children (James Edward and Kristine Leigh), two children through marriage (Vivian Rosado Salmon and Scott James Burnley), and 12 grandchildren.