President Rozanski's Inaugural Address
April 2nd, 2004
"…Permit me to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the board of trustees and the university community for bestowing upon me the immense honor of becoming Rider University’s sixth president. "
Mordechai Rozanski became Rider University’s sixth president on August 1, 2003 and retired on July 31, 2015.
Guided by a comprehensive strategic plan, President Rozanski, in partnership with the Rider community, led a successful program of institutional renewal that advanced the University to the next level of excellence.
During President Rozanski's tenure, enrollment grew 8%. The University consistently 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. In 2014, 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 invested more than $125 million since 2003 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. In the 2013 fiscal year alone, Rider raised more than $14 million in cash through gifts, bequests, and other means of philanthropic support, representing a 78 percent increase from the previous record high.
President Rozanski’s 45-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.