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Rider alumnus gives $5.5M to alma mater

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Former TE Connectivity CEO and Rider alumnus Thomas Lynch, '75, pictured right, stands with his long-time friend Joseph Adler, '75 and '90, after surprising him during the unveiling ceremony for Lynch Adler Hall.
Former TE Connectivity CEO and Rider alumnus Thomas Lynch, '75, pictured right, stands with his long-time friend Joseph Adler, '75 and '90, after surprising him during the unveiling ceremony for Lynch Adler Hall. - ()

Thomas Lynch, a Rider University graduate and technology company chairman, has given a $5.5 million gift to his alma mater.

Rider held a ceremony Wednesday outside North Hall to announce Lynch's gift, one of the largest individual gifts ever received in the school’s history. The gift will be used to dedicate a building in the name of Joseph Adler, his friend and fellow Rider alumnus, and support scholarships.

Lynch Adler Hall is a 21,000-square-foot academic building that features nine classrooms, two seminar rooms, 16 faculty and departmental offices and a multipurpose conference room. It was completed in 2011.

Several multimillion dollar gifts have bolstered Rider's recent fundraising efforts and supported student scholarships and campus improvements. Rider raised a record amount of money in the fiscal year that ended in June.

Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Rider in 1975. He is currently serving his second term on Rider's board of trustees.

He is also currently the executive chairman of the board of directors of TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity and sensor solutions with 75,000 employees and $12 billion in sales. He served as the company’s CEO from January 2006 to March 2017.

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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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