Sheldon Drucker, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s chief operating officer who was serving as interim president, has been named the university’s seventh president, the board of trustees announced Tuesday.
Drucker succeeds J. Michael Adams, who passed away after serving the university for 12 years.
“In Sheldon Drucker, we have someone with the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to raise FDU to a new level of achievement and excellence,” said Patrick J. Zenner, board of trustees chairman. “He is a tremendous strategist, an individual with impeccable judgment, someone not afraid to make difficult decisions and, most of all, a truly honorable man who will always represent FDU with the utmost dignity and distinction.”
In his 17 years serving FDU, Drucker was part of a team that helped engineer a strong financial turnaround and provided a foundation for future growth, according to a university release. He also played a major role in numerous initiatives that have forwarded the university’s global mission, including the establishment of FDU’s campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, which opened in 2007, and FDU’s School of Pharmacy, which welcomed its inaugural class in 2012.
“I am incredibly grateful for the confidence the board of trustees and the entire community has shown in me,” said Drucker. "FDU has enjoyed a rich history of innovation and achievement, and I look forward to building on that legacy and doing everything possible to help our students transform their lives.”
The University had formed a Presidential Search Committee which conducted a national search and brought two finalists to campus last week. Zenner said, however, that as the search reached the final stages and the top candidates were considered, it became clear to the board that "we already were benefitting from the service of an incredible leader who was daily proving himself the best fit for the university.”
Prior to joining FDU, Drucker was the chief financial officer of IVC Industries, Inc. and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.