Rider's Sesquicentennial Medalists

Rider's 150th Anniversary: 1865-2015 / Rider's Sesquicentennial Medalists
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Rider's Sesquicentennial Medal of Excellence

In celebration of Rider University’s Sesquicentennial anniversary, a Medal of Excellence has been established to recognize members of the Rider family for their exemplary achievements that have brought honor to the University. Throughout 2014-15, Rider University will thank these individuals and organizations for their significant contributions, years of service, and for going “above and beyond” in assisting the University to better serve its students. Congratulations to the following alumni, board members, faculty, staff, friends and organizations who will be presented with the medals at an array of 150th events.
All were recognized at the April 18, 2015, Sesquicentennial Gala.


Bristol-Myers Squibb
Corporate partner

City of Trenton
Home to Rider University 1865-1958

Rhonda R. Cohen
Rider parent and community leader

Independent College Fund of New Jersey
The state’s premier higher education association

Lawrence Township
Home to Rider University since 1959

Johnson & Johnson
Corporate partner

Herbert B. Mayo
Educator and philanthropist

Mercer County Community College
Educational partner

Home to Westminster Choir College since 1932

Sanda University, Shanghai, China
International education partner

Judith D. Scheide
Philanthropist and community leader

The Times of Trenton
Mercer County’s largest daily newspaper since 1882


Marianne Stankiewicz Battista, CPA, Ed.D. ’56, ’70
Associate Professor Emerita

Walter A. Brower, Ed.D. ’48
Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, School of Education;
Rider Historian

The late Virginia J. Cyrus, Ph.D.
Founder of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Rider’s elite executive skill-building organization

Joan Hult Lippincott, B.M. ’57, M.M. ’61, D.M.A. (hon) ’01
Chairperson and Professor Emerita, Westminster Choir College

Anna Robbins ’80
Bursar and 55-year Rider employee

Mordechai Rozanski
President, Rider University

Mark E. Sandberg, Ph.D.
Dean Emeritus, College of Business Administration

The late Howard Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus; Founding Chair,
Communication and Journalism Department

Student Government Associations of Lawrenceville and Westminster
The University’s primary student governance bodies

Gary W. Taylor, MA ’82
Head Wrestling Coach


Norman “Norm” Brodsky ’64
Renowned entrepreneur and author

Jazmine Fenlator ’07
2014 Olympian, USA Women’s National Bobsled Team

Ernestine “Mickey” Lazenby Gast ’68
Dedicated University volunteer and leader

William M. Hartnett ’76
Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Elsie H. Hillman ’48
Philanthropist and community leader

Michael B. Kennedy ’72, ’75
Chairman, Rider University Board of Trustees

Thomas J. Lynch ’75
CEO, TE Connectivity

William M. Rue ’69
President, Rue Insurance Company

Susan Polis Schutz ’66
President, SPS Studios; Founder, Blue Mountain Arts

Gary L. Shapiro ’72
Principal, Tropico Management, LP

Jason Thompson ’08
Forward-Center, Sacramento Kings

Mark Wolters ’95
President and CEO, Grand Bank Corporation