Office of the President
Dear Rider University Community,
2018 has signified a time of change at Rider University highlighted by the launch of a variety of progressive initiatives in our new Strategic Plan. Parallel to the Strategic Plan is an updated Campus Facilities Master Plan in support of a vibrant living and learning experience for students and all members of our Rider community.
Small renovation projects have been underway since 2017, but the revamp of the Bart Luedeke Center this summer will be the most visibly dramatic one yet. The original sweeping concrete steps will be removed entirely and replaced with a modern plaza, new lobby and entrance on the ground floor. Several residence halls will be revitalized with renovated bathrooms, air conditioning and power upgrades to meet students' electricity needs. Anne Brossman Sweigart Hall and the Science and Technology Center will also receive significant upgrades, with the Science and Technology Center being one of Rider's largest renovations in history. Due to the growth in science-related majors, more than 8,000-square-feet of that building will be remodeled into eight new science-focused instructional spaces, including new equipment and facilities for experiments. Sweigart will receive an upgrade to its classrooms, offices and common areas.
The campus renovations 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.
That is why our Engaged Learning Program is so important. Officially launched with the entering class of 2017, this initiative is not only allowing students to experience the plethora of opportunities a Rider education can offer but as their studies progress, they will also understand the value of experiential learning regardless of their major.
Additionally, in 2018, the planning and implementation of a First Year Experience program for all freshman and transfer students will begin. This immersion program will help new students delve into their specific disciplines, explore the opportunities within a broad, liberal arts education, and introduce students to the Engaged Learning Program. Neither the First Year Experience or Engaged Learning Program would be possible without our highly dedicated and committed faculty and staff members. Their expert opinions and guidance were integral to making these University-wide initiatives come to fruition.
All institutions of higher learning make promises to their students. They promise to provide them with a strong education, accomplished professors and a supportive environment to foster scholarly pursuits and professional development. Rider’s promise is much more than that. The Rider promise extends beyond the classroom and the time students spend here. Our promise is to cultivate lifelong, independent learners and leaders, devoted to making positive changes in the communities in which they live and work. We will continue to expand upon our promise and look forward to planning for the future, all of which will strength Rider’s reputation as a vibrant living and learning community.
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.