1990 to 2003
A native of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, J. Barton “Bart” Luedeke earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971.
Dr. Luedeke came to Rider in 1971 as assistant to the president; four years later, he was also named provost. He was appointed dean of Continuing Studies in 1978 and, in 1983, became the vice president for Academic Affairs and provost.
He was named Rider’s fifth president in July of 1990, and was president when the institution assumed university status on April 13, 1994.
His accomplishments as president included Rider’s merger with Westminster Choir College of Princeton in 1992; the national accreditation of what was then the School of Business (now the College of Business Administration) by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1993; and the establishment of the Rider Institute for New Jersey Politics (now the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics of Rider University) in 2001.
Shortly before his retirement in 2003, the University’s student center was dedicated in his honor.