For Immediate Release
May 29, 2002

Media Advisory

NJIT Board of Trustees Meets To Ratify Appointment of New President

WHAT: : A special meeting of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Board of Trustees will meet in public session for the purpose of ratification of the appointment of the next president of NJIT to succeed Saul K. Fenster, Ph.D.

WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 2002. Meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. Ratification expected to begin at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Guttenberg Information Technologies Center, 3rd floor, Room 3730, located at the intersection of Central Avenue and Locke Street, Newark.

HOW: To reserve parking contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.

BACKGROUND: Fenster, NJIT's sixth president, announced in October of 2001 that upon serving 24 years as president he would step down. A search committee comprised of faculty, staff, trustee members, and alumni was formed, a search firm of national prominence hired and four final candidates chosen. Each candidate returned to NJIT in April to spend a 14-hour day talking to and meeting with faculty, staff, students, and trustees. The finalists are Robert Altenkirch, Ph.D., a vice president and mechanical engineering professor at Mississippi State University; Thomas Hanley, Ph.D., a dean and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville; Harvey Stenger, Ph.D., a professor of chemical engineering at Lehigh University; and Urs Gauchat, dean of the School of Architecture at NJIT.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.