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Our Founder

Peter Sammartino

Sammartino 1960 HALFFairleigh Dickinson University was founded in 1942 by an educational pioneer named Peter Sammartino who wanted to build an institution “of and for the world.” He brought to the University students, faculty and guest lecturers from throughout the globe. He established partnerships with institutions around the world, and he opened FDU’s Wroxton College in England in 1965. He also co-founded and served as the first president of the International Association of University Presidents, which today includes 700 presidents from around the world.

“From the very beginning, a major emphasis at Fairleigh Dickinson was on understanding what went on all over the world. We tried to inject this view into the bloodstream of the institution and in every facet of the college’s activity. … We wanted to widen the horizon for our students and give them a broader understanding of international matters.” Peter Sammartino, I Dreamed a College (1977)