Photo courtesy of Dan Landau. Former interim president, Sheldon Drucker, named FDU’s seventh president.

Photo courtesy of Dan Landau. Former interim president, Sheldon Drucker, named FDU’s seventh president.


On April 23, Sheldon Drucker, who most recently served as the university’s acting and interim president as well as its Chief Operating Officer, was named Fairleigh Dickinson University’s seventh president.

The decision was made after an extensive nationwide and almost year-long search by the Presidential Committee, which was led by Board Vice Chair Robert Hallenbeck and consisted of various members of the FDU community, as reported by The Pillar.

Last week, two finalists, Jorge Haddock, dean of the School of Management at George Mason University, and Javier Cevallos, current president of Kutztown University, visited the College at Florham for town hall meetings. When they visited on April 17 and 18, respectively, they explained their visions for FDU and answered questions from the audience.

In an electronic memo sent to the FDU community announcing the university’s newest president, Patrick J. Zenner, Chair of FDU Board of Trustees, explained that though the presidential candidates were “well qualified to lead FDU,” we already had been led exceptionally by Drucker, who has been serving the FDU community for 17 years.

“It became apparent to the board and many within the community that while we were honored to meet and learn about many fine candidates, we already were benefiting from the service of an incredible leader who was daily proving himself the best fit at the helm,” said Zenner in the memo.

“Therefore, the Board of Trustees is excited and proud to announce that Sheldon Drucker has been named the seventh president in the history of Fairleigh Dickinson University, effective immediately.”

Drucker has been an exceptional driving force for FDU. According to the official announcement page on, Drucker “helped [FDU] engineer a strong financial turnaround and provided a foundation for future growth.”

Drucker also played a key role in initiatives like the establishment of FDU’s Vancouver campus in 2007 and FDU’s School of Pharmacy in 2012. Along with expanding FDU’s global mission, Drucker has ensured a bright future for FDU students.

“In Sheldon Drucker, we have someone already with the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to raise FDU to a new level of achievement and excellence,” said Zenner in the memo. “He is a tremendous strategist, an individual with impeccable judgment, someone not afraid to make difficult decisions and, most of all, a truly honorable man who will always represent FDU with the utmost dignity and distinction.”

Drucker is excited to continue his service to the FDU community and plans on committing himself to FDU’s legacy as well as its students. “I am incredibly grateful for the confidence the Board of Trustees and the entire community has shown in me,” said Drucker, according to the official announcement page on

“It is an honor and privilege to serve such a devoted and caring community. FDU has enjoyed a rich history of innovation and achievement and I look forward to building on that legacy and doing everything possible to help our students transform their lives.”

Drucker will lead and work alongside our current leadership team at FDU, which includes University Provost Chris Capuano and Campus Provosts Joe Kiernan and Peter Woolley. He will also lead our “strong” administrators, “enormously talented” faculty and “our devoted and skillfull” staff, according to the memo.

“FDU’s future is indeed very bright, and we look forward to many new opportunities and ideas that will educate and prepare our students for the 21st century,” said Zenner.

Joe Castillo contributed to this report.

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