Office of the President
2083 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Mordechai Rozanski became Rider University’s sixth president on August 1, 2003. Guided by a comprehensive strategic plan, President Rozanski in partnership with the Rider community has led a successful program of institutional renewal that is advancing the University to the next level of excellence. It currently enrolls some 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students taught and supported by some 1,000 faculty and staff.
Evidence of Rider’s success can be seen in its 10% enrollment growth since 2003, similarly in the 89% increase in applications, and 11% increase in selectivity. Rider has consistently been ranked in the top tier by U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue and in the Princeton Review’s “Best 371 Colleges” in the nation. This year, Rider jumped 8 spots to #18 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings among its 200 public and private, north regional peers. In fact, it was the second highest ranked institution in its category in New Jersey.
Rider has invested more than $125 million since 2004 to construct new and renovate existing buildings for teaching, performing arts, residences and recreation on both its campuses.
Donor support for the University continues to grow. Rider is currently in the “quiet phase” of a number of fundraising mini-campaigns focused on facilities projects at Rider’s Westminster Choir College in Princeton and at the Lawrenceville campus. Cash gifts exceeded $14 million in 2012-13.
President Rozanski’s 40-year career in higher education includes academic leadership roles at Adelphi University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Wagner College. In 1993, he was selected to be the president of the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, where he served until 2003. During his tenure at Guelph, President Rozanski led the University to national prominence as Canada’s top-rated comprehensive university on three occasions. He also presided over two successful capital campaigns that exceeded $100 million and increased Guelph’s endowment by 300 percent.
Dr. Rozanski has served on the boards of The Hun School of Princeton, The Princeton Health Care System, the Mid Jersey Chamber of Commerce, The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey, the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks and the New Jersey Presidents’ Council.
Dr. Rozanski earned his B.A. in History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and his Ph.D. in Chinese History and Chinese-American Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. His research, lectures and publications have focused on Chinese-American relations, international education and higher education.
Dr. Rozanski and his wife Bonnie reside in the president’s residence adjacent to the Rider campus in Lawrenceville, N.J.