A Comprehensive Analysis

In October 2016, the Rider University Board of Trustees authorized the creation of the Westminster Special Committee (WSC), which consisted of 11 Trustees and senior staff members. The WSC was charged with conducting a comprehensive analysis of a one-campus model, focusing on the feasibility of relocating Westminster Choir College to the University’s Lawrenceville campus. The WSC ultimately determined it was both appropriate and necessary to include in its study an analysis of the challenges and opportunities Rider faces as a whole beyond Westminster.

As part of the resolution, it was concluded that neither keeping Westminster at its current location in Princeton nor consolidating Westminster onto the Lawrenceville campus would achieve the strategic goals of the University. Recognizing the special nature of Westminster’s programs, the University has determined to pursue with the assistance of an outside firm several options aimed at preserving Westminster’s strong legacy.

The Path Forward

In this process, the University will seek an institution to purchase the campus and operate the Westminster programs in Princeton or to acquire and relocate the Westminster programs to a new location. This process will take place over the course of the next 12 months.

The Board of Trustees and the Administration are confident that these actions will help preserve and enhance both Westminster and Rider University as a whole and enable the University to move strongly toward a brighter future.

This website was created to provide information about the Board’s announcement, including a list of FAQs, and will be regularly updated to keep the University community informed on Rider’s path forward.

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