The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Board of Trustees accepts with regret the resignation of Robert A. Altenkirch, President of NJIT since 2002, effective on or about November 1.
The Board, fully aware of the transition, congratulates Dr. Altenkirch as being named President of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is thankful for his services to NJIT, and wishes him well in his professional pursuits.
NJIT and its strong management team will continue to move forward with University programs and provide high-value services to students, faculty, staff, alumni, the City of Newark and State of New Jersey. The Board of Trustees Executive Committee and President Altenkirch are closely managing this transition. The Board of Trustees will be meeting to consider appointing an Interim President in order to provide for a smooth transition and continuation of all NJIT initiatives, as well as the naming of a search committee.
One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,300 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the state of New Jersey.