Medalist: Bill Rue

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Bill Rue ’69

Citation and Sesquicentennial Medal Presented on March 10, 2015

Since his undergraduate days at then Rider College, William M. Rue has shown an extraordinary affinity to his alma mater and to the idea of personal philanthropy. As a commerce major, he became the third Rue in as many generations to earn a Rider degree. For nearly five decades, Rider has been fortunate to benefit from Bill’s steadfast service. He has served as the president of the University’s alumni association, the chair of Rider's first-ever major fund raising campaign, a leader of virtually every one of Rider’s fundraising initiatives and an active participant in the last two presidential searches.

Much of his service to the University has come during Bill’s 18 years serving on our Board of Trustees. During his tenure, he has served as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Student Affairs and University Advancement committees, and as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.

Other local organizations have also been fortunate to count Bill as a volunteer leader, among them the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital (in Hamilton), the Hightstown-East Windsor YMCA, the Mercer Junior Achievement, the Cranbury Township Planning Board and even the Cranbury Volunteer Fire Company, to name a few.

Somehow, notwithstanding his impressive commitment to strengthening our broader community, Bill has been able to squeeze in his work as Chairman and President of Rue Insurance, the very successful, award-winning company that serves over 8,500 individuals and 3,000 businesses with multiple lines of coverage in 44 states.

Over the last five decades, Bill has treated the University as if it were a member of his family, sharing with us his time, talent and business acumen for the benefit of the University and our students. Today, we thank Bill for his unwavering support and generosity, and honor him with the Sesquicentennial Medal of Excellence.

-President Mordechai Rozanski