Office of the President
Welcome to Rider University.
As Rider’s seventh president, I am excited to offer you some insights about our innovative and acclaimed University. I follow an illustrious line of leaders before me who have helped transform Rider from a small business college in Trenton to a vibrant, two-campus university whose programs continue to keep pace with our increasingly changing world.
New to the University this year, I am often asked why I left my prior institution to become Rider’s president.
No singular facet of Rider persuaded me to pursue this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; it was really a combination of factors. First and foremost, I was and am deeply impressed by the high caliber of our faculty and their commitment to maintaining academic excellence while also offering a classroom experience that inspires students to actively engage with their field of study. We have some of the most talented writers, thinkers, researchers, artists and business people in their respective industries, individuals who are also uniformly among the most dedicated teachers I have ever met. Supporting the educational mission of the University are Rider’s committed staff: the people who, on a daily basis, take on tasks both large and small to provide a positive experience for our students.
And then, of course, there are the students, the heart of any university. Having already met students from across multiple disciplines, I’ve found them to be extraordinarily passionate about their studies, as well as smart, savvy and hard working.
These are a few of the reasons why I chose Rider. I am confident that your experience will also prove to be uplifting, both intellectually and personally.
Rider is an institution built by individuals who were willing to go far beyond what was expected or needed of them, and it is currently led and staffed by people who operate with that same desire to make the university a better place to learn, work and live. It’s also a community where change is encouraged and welcomed, as we strive to anticipate and respond to the needs of our students. Our goal on the two campuses is to make Rider a university of choice that prepares its members to take on the challenges of an increasingly global society, shaping them with classroom experiences, study abroad opportunities and hands-on internships and co-ops that teach them how to be the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. That’s the Rider difference.
My wife Polly and I look forward to becoming an integral and known part of the Rider community. Look for us on the sidelines of our many division I athletics contests, a student event or performance. We will be there, proudly wearing cranberry and white. In the meantime, I look forward to working with you to create a brighter future for the students of today and for all of those who will follow them.