FDU community bids farewell to retiring President Sheldon Drucker

Shelley and Sandi Drucker walking

University President Sheldon Drucker holds hands with his wife Sandi at his official presidential installation. Drucker retires this summer after nearly 20 years at FDU. (Photo by Elena Mitchell)

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University President Sheldon Drucker led professional development trips for staff to Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England, for a number of years. Here, he and wife Sandi, stand center with some of those staff members at the Florham Campus.

By Kenna Caprio

After twenty years with Fairleigh Dickinson University, and serving as president for several of those years, Sheldon Drucker is retiring. This spring, the University community came together to celebrate the man and his legacy.

At the Metropolitan Campus celebration, Joseph Kiernan, provost and senior vice provost for institutional effectiveness, and Hania Ferrara, senior vice president for finance and chief operating officer, shared memories of working closely alongside Drucker. Ferrara, on behalf of the finance department, presented Drucker with a solar-powered globe, a nod to his future travel plans.

During an end-of-the-year barbecue at the Florham Campus, Peter Woolley, provost and senior vice provost for government and community affairs; Sarah Azavedo, director of campus life operations and president of the Professional Administrative Senate; and Gary Darden, associate professor of history and president of the Faculty Senate, wished a fond farewell to Drucker, and his wife Sandi.

Drucker, for his part, praised the faculty, staff and students of the University, saying he could never have affected change without support from the campus communities. “Students may not remember my name,” he said at the Florham barbecue, “but they will remember their favorite and most supportive faculty. We did this together,” he added, celebrating the collaborative spirit of FDU.

The Board of Trustees has named University Provost and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Christopher Capuano as Drucker’s successor.

Well-wishers can send messages to the president via the FDU website.

Drucker was appointed president in 2013, but served for two years prior as acting and interim president and previously served the University for 15 years as chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

In his two decades serving FDU, Drucker has been an influential force driving numerous initiatives and skillfully balancing budgetary stewardship with integral investments in the future. Serving as the former chief financial officer, Drucker led an impressive financial resurgence at the University that he continued as president. FDU has now achieved 16 consecutive years of budget surpluses, and its endowment has grown from $8 million when he arrived in 1996 to more than $70 million today. He also helped finance major capital investments, and as a result of his strong financial management, Fitch Ratings upgraded the University’s bond rating twice during a very difficult economy, first in 2011 and then again in 2015.

Drucker and Finance

University President Sheldon Drucker (front, center) with members of the Office of Finance at the Metropolitan Campus. Drucker worked in FDU's finance department for 15 years. (Photo by Rebecca Maxon)

These staff members from the Metropolitan Campus traveled to Wroxton College with University President Sheldon Drucker. (Photo by Rebecca Maxon)

Wroxton group at Metro