The inaugural ceremony of Robert A. Altenkirch, Ph.D., the seventh president of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), will begin with a colorful academic parade of NJIT faculty, elected officials and delegates representing other college and universities.
The procession will proceed at 2:45 p.m. from the Hazell Student Center to a large white tent located on the NJIT green where the inauguration will be held. Jack Gentul, dean of students at NJIT, will be the grand marshal leading the processional.
(Editor’s Note: To attend the inaugural events, call Sheryl Weinstein at 973-596-3436.)
Following Gentul, in order of appearance, will be delegates representing universities by their year of founding, learned societies in alphabetical order, elected officials and finally Altenkirch. Students are invited to both the processional and the inauguration of the president.
William Van Buskirk, Ph.D., NJIT Provost, will start the inaugural ceremony with an introduction. The Rev. Mark Francis O’Malley, chaplain and campus minister will follow him with the invocation.
Expected speakers are New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey, Newark Mayor Sharpe James, Nexus Sea, president of the NJIT Student Senate, NJIT alumna Elizabeth Garcia, and Nadine Aubry, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering and chair of the mechanical engineering department. Aubry is the only woman in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to chair a mechanical engineering department. Garcia, who received her master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1973, is public affairs manager for Infineum USA, Linden.
James A. Kennedy, chairman of the NJIT Board of Trustees and the former chairman and chief executive officer of National Starch and Chemical Company, Bridgewater, will introduce and install Altenkirch. Altenkirch’s address will focus on enduring themes for NJIT, including how the role of the technological research university has fostered economic development for Newark and New Jersey.