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Andrew Buher ’07

Chief Operating Officer, New York City Department of Education
Major: Political Science

My professors at Rider gave me a foundation of tools and knowledge to build on.

The Proof Is In Our Students

Why Andrew Chose Rider

Andrew transferred to Rider from Tulane University in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. A Lawrenceville native, he was familiar with Rider and heard good things about the political science program. It was also close to home and convenient — important issues for someone who had to make a quick decision.

Rider's Impact on Andrew’s Career

Upon enrolling, he spoke with Dr. Arlene Wilner about joining Rider’s Baccalaureate Honors Program. “I was interested in the scope of issues covered. I liked the fact that it was team taught in a seminar style with lots of classroom discussion. There’s value in learning from peers as well as teachers.

“It was a great experience — probably one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had. Our professors didn’t just encourage us to learn, they encouraged us to think and to respond. It was a great opportunity to meet people, learn from other students and learn from top professors who are highly motivated and interested in the subject they are teaching.”

As an undergraduate, Andrew became the first Rider student to receive a presidential fellowship from the Center for the Study of the Presidents in Washington, D.C. Through the fellowship, he attended two conferences in Washington and worked with Political Science professor and honors thesis advisor, Dr. Harvey Kornberg, on a paper on the modern presidency. Also while at Rider, Andrew interned at the Office of the Governor of New Jersey where he worked on education policy issues.

Continued Success

After graduating magna cum laude from Rider, Andrew served as chief operating officer of an education start-up that helped low-income and first generation high education enrollees navigate the college admission process. He joined Education Pioneers in New York City as a fellow in 2009 while pursuing a master’s in public administration at Columbia University. As a fellow, he worked on The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School where he was responsible for development, operations and event planning. In September 2010, he joined the staff of the New York City Department of Education as special assistant to the deputy chief schools officer and became chief of staff to the chief financial officer three months later. He served as chief of staff to the chief operating officer for the past two years before recently being appointed to serve as chief of staff to the Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott.

“My professors at Rider gave me a foundation of tools and knowledge to build on. My interaction with other students, professors and administrators — including President Rozanski — allowed me to observe firsthand the habits and resilience of purpose necessary to be a transformational leader. Today, I’m in a position where I have the opportunity to positively transform education for all children in the United States.”

  • 1 Presidential Fellowship

  • 2 Internships

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It was a great experience — probably one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.

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