1969 to 1990
Born in Dunkirk, New York, Frank N. Elliott earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to coming to Rider, he served as curator of history and an assistant professor of history at Michigan State University; associate dean of the School of General Studies at Columbia University; director of the Division of Arts and Sciences at SUNY-Cortland; and a vice president at Hofstra University. In 1969, he was selected as Rider’s fourth president.
During his presidency, Rider’s School of Education received national accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers (NCATE) in 1974, and efforts were increased to attract underrepresented students with the expansion of the Educational Opportunity Program. Dr. Elliott’s tenure also saw the number of faculty holding doctoral degrees increase from 32 percent to more than 90 percent, and the number of bound volumes in the Franklin F. Moore Library double.
The University continues to honor his legacy through the Frank N. Elliott Awards, given annually to members of the University’s faculty, administration and support staff who have demonstrated extraordinary service to Rider.