Office of the President
Dear Rider University Community,
Walking around campus this academic year, there is a feeling of progressive change, but also physical representations of Rider's dedication to providing a vibrant living and learning community.
The Bart Luedeke Center has a dramatically different look with a new modern plaza, lobby and entrance on the ground floor. Sweigart Hall and the Science and Technology Center are still in the midst of renovations, but the new Data Analytics Lab and new classrooms are already complete. The Science and Technology Center is one of our biggest renovations to date with another phase to begin shortly. Wright and Ridge residence halls are open again this year for students with new flooring, furniture, air conditioning/heating units and upgraded bathrooms. More renovations are scheduled over the next few years throughout campus in accordance with our Facilities Master Plan.
We are also pleased to announce that we have partnered with Gourmet Dining as our new food service provider on both campuses. Gourmet proudly offers freshly prepared and scratch-made food using locally sourced ingredients, as well as expanded vegan and vegetarian options. There are two Rider food trucks that will be making special pop-up appearances on campus this year and mobile ordering will be possible at Daly Dining Hall. Cranberry's, the faculty and staff dining room, the Pub and Andrew J's Market will receive a complete renovation next summer to incorporate two franchises into the space and Daly's will be renovated to include a teaching kitchen for cooking demonstrations and classes.
The Engaged Learning Program enters its second year with the incoming Class of 2022. Students are learning to explore the plethora of opportunities a Rider education can offer. As their studies progress, they will also understand the value of experiential learning regardless of their major.
All of these initiatives represent more stepping stones in our path to strengthening Rider's commitment to students. As we walk our new path forward, students will always remain our first and foremost priority. We know that by improving their living and learning environment, students' academic and personal growth will continue to flourish, preparing them to contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work.
Gregory G. Dell’Omo became Rider University’s seventh president on August 1, 2015. Born and raised in Rumson, New Jersey, Dr. Dell’Omo returned to the Garden State and joined Rider after ten years as the seventh president of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh where he oversaw the University’s unparalleled growth.