NJIT Retiring President Saul K.Fenster Receives Key To Newark for 24 Years of Dedication and Work on Behalf of People of Newark

NEWARK, June 26- For the long-time dedication and work on behalf of the people of Newark and State of New Jersey, Saul K. Fenster, Ph.D., who will retire this summer as president of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently received the key to the City of Newark. Fenster, who has served the university for 24 years as president, received the key at a recent retirement dinner hosted by NJIT. To additionally honor Fenster, the city declared May 28, 2002, in his honor.

"Dr. Saul Fenster is a true renaissance man," says Newark Mayor Sharpe James. "Under his tenure the Newark College of Engineering was transformed from a fine engineering school to a world-class institution that boasts of being the most 'wired' in the nation and has turned out some of the city's, state's and nation's top engineers, architects and technological experts. Along, the way, he still found time to give back to the City of Newark, presiding as head of the Newark Collaboration Group, Urban Movie Corporation and a number of other communities, civic and academic organizations. We will miss his smile, far reaching vision and affability, and future pursuits."

Harold Lucas, chief operating officer for the City of Newark, presented the key to Fenster. "Under Dr. Fenster's leadership," he says, "NJIT has reached out to the community by boosting minority admissions and research funding. He has overseen the construction of a new structure for NJIT every year, which has doubled the school's physical size and put half her students in residence halls. Under his guidance, the institute has been an outstanding community member, supporting Newark's renaissance and development.

"We thank him for his service and extend our best wishes to him and his entire family for a joyous retirement."

Fenster graciously accepted the honor noting that he and other university leaders have always seen themselves as organically very much a part of the City of Newark.

"It is not just a matter of location but an opportunity to work within the community," he says. "One of my special joys has been the chance to work with so many young people in the school system through our pre-college programs. We believe that these youngsters represent not only the future of the city, but the future of our nation."

NJIT has helped more than 40,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade students achieve excellence in science, engineering, mathematics and technology for more than 30 years. Among NJIT's 12 pre-college programs are Upward Bound, which motivates Newark students to complete high school and consider higher education in scientific and technological fields and the Urban Civil Engineering Summer Institute, which encourages high achieving urban youngsters to tackle an engineering approach to urban problem solving.

Thanks in part to these programs NJIT continuously ranks in the top 10 percent of the nation's colleges and universities graduating minority engineers. Black Issues in Higher Education recently ranked NJIT 16th in the U.S. and first in New Jersey for graduating minority students with engineering degrees. NJIT is also ranked 11th in the United States, and first in New Jersey, for graduating African American students and 19th in the United States and first in New Jersey for graduating Hispanic students with baccalaureates in engineering-related technologies.


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.

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