Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-5000. Gregory Dell’Omo, president. www.rider.edu.
Former Pennsylvania governor Mark Schweiker has been appointed executive in residence of Rider University’s Department of Political Science, where he will give talks on homeland security issues. Schweiker, a Republican, became the state’s 44th governor when his predecessor, Tom Ridge, resigned to become head of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In his first official act as governor, Schweiker hired an additional 100 state troopers. At his direction Pennsylvania then created a state Office of Homeland Security. His administration also increased the security of state government facilities and its internet network, public venues, airports, and nuclear power plants. He was on the scene in 2002, briefing the media during a successful rescue of nine miners trapped in Quecreek, Somerset County, and is credited with overseeing the rescue operation.
“Rider understands the important dimensions of graduating qualified and spirited people who want to protect our nation,” Schweiker says. “The strength of Rider’s Homeland Security program is unmatched, which is important because there are critical homelands assets near the University. Rider has a significant role to play in helping keep America and our region safe, and I’m motivated to apply my experience to help refine and elevate the program.”
Rider’s 36-credit Master of Arts in Homeland Security prepares professionals for leadership roles in protecting the U.S., its interests and its allies from terrorist attacks, as well as responding to natural disasters and other threats to the safety and welfare of communities, the state and the nation.
“As our homeland security program continues to grow, we are privileged that Governor Schweiker has agreed to dedicate his time and energy and share his experience, knowledge and expertise with our students,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs DonnaJean A. Fredeen. “His wide network throughout the world and industry will also surely benefit them and the entire Rider community.”
Schweiker, who earned his master’s in management from Rider in 1983 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Rider in 2004, also served as lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, where he oversaw the commonwealth’s emergency response platform.
“We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Gov. Schweiker,” says Fredeen. “The world saw his deft crisis communications and emergency management skills during the Quecreek Mine rescue. Having someone with his unique and decisive governing experience will be a critical asset in preparing the next generation of homeland security professionals.”
Schweiker currently serves as the senior vice president and corporate development officer of Renmatix Inc., a sustainable alternatives company making clean bioproducts for food ingredients, personal care and other select industrial applications.
Princeton University, 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton 08544. 609-258-3000. Christopher Eisgruber, president. www.princeton.edu.
There are two major personnel moves at Princeton: First, Matthew Kent, associate treasurer in Princeton’s Office of Finance and Treasury since 2006, has been named the office’s interim vice president and treasurer. Also, dean of admission Janet Lavin Rapelye is leaving to become president of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education.
Kent will assume his new duties effective October 1, when vice president and treasurer Carolyn Ainslie becomes chief financial officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
He has worked for Princeton since 1981, joining as a budget analyst in what was then the Controller’s Office. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia.
Rapelye has been dean of admission for 15 years. She had a brief stint of media fame in 2013 when the Tina Fey movie “Admissions” dramatized the role of a Princeton admissions officer, putting a normally obscure job into the national spotlight. Rapelye was quoted in several major newspaper interviews about the actual admissions process at the university.
A Princeton press release said that during Rapelye’s tenure, applications have nearly tripled to 35,370 in 2018, and the admissions process has become fully electronic. The proportion of students eligible for Pell grants has also tripled during that time, to 23 percent.
Rapelye was previously dean of admission at Wellesley. She has a bachelor’s in English from Williams and a master’s in education from Stanford.