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Ex-Pennsylvania Gov. joins Rider as executive in residence

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker has been appointed executive in residence to Rider University’s Department of Political Science, allowing him to share his emergency management, crisis response and counterterrorism experience to support Rider’s homeland security program.

Schweiker became governor on Oct. 5, 2001, after President George W. Bush appointed Tom Ridge to be director of the Office of Homeland Security following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Rider’s 36-credit Master of Arts in Homeland Security prepares professionals for leadership roles in protecting the U.S., its interests and its allies from terrorist attacks, and responding to natural disasters and other threats to the safety and welfare of communities, the state and nation.

Schweiker earned a master's degree in management from Rider in 1983 and was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from Rider in 2004. He currently serves as the senior vice president and corporate development officer of Renmatix Inc., a sustainable alternatives company that makes clean bioproducts for food ingredients, personal care and other select industrial applications.

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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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