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Mark P. Hershhorn

Chair and CEO

CKS & Associates

Mr. Hershhorn serves as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of CKS Associates, a management consultancy firm based in Upper Providence, Pennsylvania. A Rutgers College graduate, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1971 and earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1972.

Mr. Hershhorn is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CKS & Associates. Additionally, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Real Estate Investment LLC as well as the President and Co‐Owner of CKS & Associates Management LLC, the general partner of New Horizons West LLP. He began his career at the accounting and auditing firm of Price Waterhouse and has an extensive background in the marketing and operations of nutrition systems, food industry marketing as well as transactional television. In addition to Price Waterhouse, Mr. Hershhorn has held positions with firms including Pfizer Diagnostics, Wallace and Lamphole Laboratories, and the Franklin Mint where he served as a Director. Mr. Hershhorn has also served as President and CEO of National Media Corporation and has served as director of National Media, MediaBay Inc. and Z Trim Holdings Inc.

As a current member of the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers at the Rutgers University Foundation, Mr. Hershhorn is dedicated to serving the needs of the University. He has been a generous supporter of various initiatives within the University. Mr. and Mrs. Hershhorn have established the Kimberly Hershhorn Scholarship in Animal Science, the Charon and Mark Hershhorn Scholarship at Cook College as well as the Mark and Charon Hershhorn Athletic Scholarship. An avid fan of athletics, Mr. Hershhorn has participated in the Scarlet R Advisory Committee as well as the President’s Council Executive Committee. As a result of his dedication to Rutgers, Mr. Hershhorn was awarded the Alumni Meritorious Service Award in 2002 and Mr. and Mrs. Hershhorn were recipients of the Rutgers Medal of Philanthropic Excellence.

As active members of the community, Mr. and Mrs. Hershhorn have been supporters to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Zoo as well as Temple University and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Mr. Hershhorn is a former member of the Graduate Executive Board of the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania and was an active participant in the Wharton School Mentoring Program. Additionally, Mr. Hershhorn has been a board member and chairman of the development committee of Carelift International, an organization dedicated to collecting and distributing surplus medical equipment to developing countries globally.

Mr. Hershhorn and his wife Charon reside in Pennsylvania. They have two daughters, Samantha and Kimberly. Kimberly is a 1999 graduate of Cook College.

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BLDP Shadowing Days Application

After being notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Fall 2021 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, April 2, 2021. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled. Space is limited, so apply early!

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.


Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require the following:

  1. Completed application form (at the bottom of this page),
  2. Personal essay
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (one academic; one other)

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  (1) have sophomore standing or above and (2) have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are required to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occured primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications for the BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

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