Ronald J. Doerfler Center for Innovation and Project Based Learning dedicated

Doerfler project space

Doerfler capuano

May 26, 2017 Fairleigh Dickinson University’s new center for innovation and project based learning was dedicated in the memory of Ronald J. Doerfler BS'62, MBA'72 (Metro), who, together with his wife Krys, made a generous gift to make its construction possible.


President Christopher Capuano delivers remarks, citing Doerfler’s generosity and service to the University.


Doerfler - plaqueThe center is located in the Monninger Center at the Florham Campus.

Doerfler, who served on the University’s Board of Trustees, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and then a MBA from the University.


Capuano and Krys Doerfler pose in front of the dedication plaque.


He joined Capital Cities Communications in 1969 as an assistant controller, eventually becoming senior vice president and chief financial officer. There he played a major role in the firm’s acquisition of ABC and the merger with The Walt Disney Company. He joined the Hearst Corporation in 1998 as vice president and chief financial officer. He was elected senior vice president in 2000 and then elected to the Board of Directors in 2002.

In 2007, he received FDU’s Charter Day Award after being inducted into the PINNACLE Society in 1991. He passed away in 2013 and FDU created a scholarship in his name.Doerfler Rick

Krys Doerfler stands with Rick Reiss, senior vice president of University advancement, in front of messages of thanks from the FDU community.