Office of the President

The 2007-2008 President’s Annual Report celebrates the accomplishments of the first five years of the Altenkirch administration.

President Robert A. Altenkirch

A Message from the President

Five years is not a very long time in the history of a university. Some would say it is not nearly enough time to measure any appreciable change or progress. And yet, we’ve seen some dramatic changes at NJIT in that period.  Read more.


Creating a New Look on Campus

One of the most dramatic changes over the past five years is the NJIT campus itself.

When President Altenkirch came to NJIT in 2002, the Campus Center and Fenster Hall were under construction, and the restoration work that would win awards for Eberhardt Hall as an historic building had not begun. It was not until fall 2005 that the campus began to sprout our signature red umbrellas and our branding banners and signs. These elements, along with a concerted effort at campus beautification — landscaping, removing dumpsters and garbage containers, replacement of outdoor signage and lighting—give the campus of today an attractive and distinctive look. Read more.


Building a Core of Nationally-Prominent Programs

NJIT’s strategic plan proposed to build a core of programs that are recognized among the best nationally by building on strength. Mathematics, Architecture and Wireless Telecommunications were selected because these are programs that already have a level of national visibility. All three areas have demonstrated remarkable progress in recent years. Read more.


Expanding Research and Technology Transfer

The strategic plan’s challenge to improve university rankings in research and intellectual property development has been met in a variety of ways. Read more.


Enriching the Campus Community

One of the first goals put forward by President Altenkirch when he came to NJIT in 2002 was to develop a sense of community among alumni and friends as well as faculty, staff and students, “to keep them engaged and to ensure that NJIT is a fun place to be.” Division I athletics, the emergence of the Campus Center as the hub of a vibrant campus life, and the establishment of new university traditions have begun to establish a renewed NJIT family spirit. Read more.


Toward an Engaged, Innovative, Entrepreneurial University

The strategic planning process undertaken in 2003 identified NJIT’s key characteristics as engaged, innovative, and  entrepreneurial. While these attributes have been associated with the university almost since its founding in 1881, NJIT under President Altenkirch has escalated and expanded efforts in these areas, setting goals to become an agent of change for Newark, an engine of economic development for New Jersey, and a catalyst for the development of a highly-skilled and inclusive technology work force for industry. Read more.