EAST WINDSOR, N.J. (October 21, 2011) – Former Rutgers track and field standout Dr. Randal Pinkett was inducted into the Hightstown High School Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 21. Dr. Pinkett was one of six honorees on the evening.
Dr. Pinkett was a three-sport scholar-athlete who excelled in soccer, basketball and track and field with the Rams. He earned both the Male Athlete of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards as a senior. While at Hightstown, he served as team captain and helped lead the squad to a Mercer County and Colonial Valley Conference Championships, receiving First Team All-County honors in track and field.
He was a four-year member of the Rutgers track and field team, competing in both the high jump and long jump. A First Team Academic All-American, Dr. Pinkett was the Rutgers Outstanding Male Athlete as a senior.
After graduating from Rutgers, Dr. Pinkett was the first African American to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in 1996, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT in 2001. He was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the National Society of Black Engineers and the National Urban League’s Business Excellence Award.
He was recently inducted into the Capital One/CoSIDA NCAA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
An active community servant, Dr. Pinkett has served as a spokesman for Autism Speaks, New Jersey Reads and Junior Achievement of New York. He was also a member of the board of directors for the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, the non-profit Technology Enterprise Network and the National Visionary Leadership Project.
Dr. Pinkett is the chairman and CEO of BCT Partners. He is an entrepreneur and author of Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, who also appeared on the fourth season of The Apprentice, winning the reality television show.