University Welcomes United Nations Leader at Academic Convocation

Fairleigh Dickinson presented an honorary degree to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the Academic Convocation on September 10 at the College at Florham. The secretary-general then delivered the keynote speech, “Thinking Globally in a Global Age,” during the annual celebration, which also featured the presentation of the Distinguished Faculty Awards and the Pillars of FDU awards, the conferring of a new endowed chair and the introduction of new faculty.

Ban, who was named the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations in 2006, was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters. He is the second U.N. secretary-general to receive an honorary doctorate from Fairleigh Dickinson. The first U.N. Secretary General, Trygve Lee, received one in 1953.

United Nations 
Ban Ki-moon

Conferring Ban’s degree, FDU President J. Michael Adams cited his “determination to build a stronger United Nations, faithful to its original ideas … and a United Nations responsive to a complex and interdependent world.”

In his first-ever address in the state of New Jersey, Ban discussed the importance of developing a global perspective to address the key challenges facing the international community. The secretary-general focused in particular on the threat of global warming as well as the need to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, a series of objectives agreed upon by member states to address poverty, disease and other issues.

“Our future well-being will depend on thinking globally,” he said, adding that interdependence is “now a fact and has become part of our lives. The key question is whether we will keep pace — whether we will develop a global mindset. I believe we will.”

Ban complemented Fairleigh Dickinson on its global mission and stressed the importance of a global education, saying, “The professor who encourages students to think beyond traditional borders gives those young men and women a professional head start.” Speaking to the students in the audience, he added, “Your generation can help tip the balance in cultivating a global mindset.”

The secretary-general also announced the development of the U.N. Academic Impact, a program that will bring together universities committed to working with the United Nations.

Introducing the secretary-general, President J. Michael Adams described FDU’s historic relationship with the United Nations, the importance of U.N. programs to the University’s global mission and the need to learn about and partner with the United Nations. He said, “Education, and particularly higher education, must be in partnership with this vital organization representing nearly every nation on the planet and designed to collectively ensure peace and prosperity.”

Left photo: FDU President J. Michael Adams, left, introduces United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, third from left, to Brian Singleton, second from left, and Jonathan Thai, right, Student Government Association presidents of the College at Florham and Metropolitan Campus, respectively.
Right photo: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, receives an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from FDU President J. Michael Adams.

Ban also highlighted the University’s close partnership with the United Nations, saying, “The path between Fairleigh Dickinson and the United Nations is well-worn indeed, to the benefit of both of us.” He added that he was especially honored because this was his first honorary doctorate received outside the Republic of Korea. He said he considered his honorary degree as another “sign of the very close relationship between the United Nations and Fairleigh Dickinson University.” For the full text of Ban’s address, go to

Before becoming secretary-general, Ban served as the Republic of Korea’s minister of foreign affairs and trade. His long career with the ministry also included service as foreign policy adviser to the president. His ties to the United Nations go back to 1975, when he worked for the ministry’s U.N. division. In 2001, he was the chef de cabinet during Korea’s presidency of the U.N. General Assembly. He also has been active with inter-Korean relations and was vice chair of the South-North Joint Nuclear Control Commission.

Among the distinguished guests at the ceremony was FDU alumnus Jae Kyu Park, BA’67 (R), the president of Kyungnam University in South Korea and the former Korean minister of unification.

Distinguished Faculty

This year’s winners of the annual Distinguished Faculty Awards were: James Kenny, criminal justice (Metro), who received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching; Teresa Montani, education (Metro), who won the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service; and David Rosen, anthropology (Flor), who gained the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship.

James Kenny spent almost 20 years with the U.S. Treasury before becoming a college professor. He joined FDU in 1999 and has taught such courses as Criminology, Victimology, Juvenile Delinquency, School and Workplace Violence and White-collar Crime. He has played an influential role in the success of FDU’s criminal justice program and serves as senior honors research adviser and faculty adviser to the Criminal Justice Club. He also has coordinated Criminal Justice Career Day and developed criminal justice internships. A consultant highly in demand, Kenny has been invited to speak at the United Educators Conference on College Threat Assessment Teams, the U.S. Justice Department/National Victim Center Symposium on Workplace Violence and at many other forums. He also helped develop and continues to serve on the Metropolitan Campus Threat Assessment Team. He is a past winner of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Outstanding Faculty Award. For the complete citation, go to

Teresa Montani first taught at FDU in 1993 and has built an impressive record of service to the institution. This includes membership on the Presidential Advisory Committee, the Academic Senate and the Research Grants and Scholarship Committee. She co-chaired the University’s Internationalization Laboratory Team, which comprehensively assessed the University’s efforts to deliver a global education. For this, she was awarded a Presidential Citation in 2004. She also has served the Metropolitan Campus Strategic Planning Committee, the Academic Task Force Ad-hoc Committee, the College Personnel Review Committee — which she chaired — and the College Education Policy Committee. And, she served the Peter Sammartino School of Education as its associate director, coordinator of the learning disabilities program, chair of the School Personnel Review Committee and a member of the steering committee to obtain TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) accreditation. In addition, she is active with the Cerebral Palsy League and the New Jersey Learning Disabilities Association. For the complete citation, go to

An FDU faculty member since 1981, David Rosen is the author of the groundbreaking and well-reviewed book, Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism, which makes the case that the child-soldier problem reflects changing social and legal views of childhood. The book was recently translated into Italian. His contributions to this realm of scholarship have expanded to include articles such as, “Child Soldiers, International Humanitarian Law, and the Globalization of Childhood” and a forthcoming piece about child soldiers in literature. He also helped frame the American Anthropological Association initiative to promote U.S. ratification of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In addition, he has authored Readings in Anthopology and numerous chapters and papers on subjects like American families, Judaism, the Middle East, poverty and slavery. For his many leadership roles on campus, he was honored in 2000 with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. For the complete citation, go to

Left photo: Joseph Kiernan, left, interim University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, with this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award recipients, from left, David Rosen, anthropology (Flor); Teresa Montani, education (Metro); and James Kenny, criminal justice (Metro).
Right photo: FDU President J. Michael Adams, right, with Vladimir Zwass, computer science/management information systems and deputy director, computer science/management information systems/e-commerce/mathematics (Metro), who is the first recipient of the Gregory Olsen Endowed Chair in Mathematics, Science and Engineering.

Endowed Chair

The University also honored Vladimir Zwass, computer science/management information systems and deputy director, computer science/management information systems/e-commerce/mathematics (Metro), as the first holder of the Gregory Olsen Endowed Chair in Mathematics, Science and Engineering. The chair was named in honor of alumnus Gregory Olsen, BS’66, BS’68, MS’68 (Metro), scientist, entrepreneur, space-traveler and University trustee.

Zwass is a foremost expert in the field of information systems and e-commerce. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Management Information Systems, now in its 25th year of publication and one of the top three journals in the discipline, and the International Journal of Electronic Commerce, established 12 years ago and ranked the number-one research journal in e-commerce. He also is the founding editor-in-chief of the highly regarded Advances in Management Information Systems monograph series.

Zwass has written authoritative texts such as Management Information Systems and Foundations of Information Systems, as well as numerous articles. An FDU professor for more than three decades, he has also led the development of two graduate programs: the MS in electronic commerce and the MS in management information systems. The full citation honoring Zwass is online at

Pillars of FDU

The Pillars of FDU Awards, given to outstanding staff, were presented to Wilbert “Rudy” Burton, scheduling officer, enrollment services (Flor); Bradley Levy, associate director, Educational Opportunity Fund (Flor); Martha “Marty” Megna, coordinator, enrollment services (Metro); and Alice Mills, co-director of counseling service, student counseling and psychological services (Metro).

Left photo: Kenneth Greene, right, campus provost (Flor), joins Pillar of FDU awardees from the College at Florham, Wilbert “Rudy” Burton, left, scheduling officer, enrollment services, and Bradley Levy, associate director, Educational Opportunity Fund.
Right photo: Robert Greenfield, right, interim campus provost (Metro), with Pillar of Award recipients from the Metropolitan Campus, Alice Mills, left, co-director of counseling service, student counseling and psychological services, and Martha “Marty” Megna, coordinator, enrollment services.

A member of the FDU community for more than 20 years, Wilbert “Rudy” Burton assigns about 1,000 courses per semester to particular classrooms. His citation read, “With a remarkable memory and uncanny attention to detail, you are the epitome of efficiency. Your efforts truly fuel the academic operation, aligning with precision faculty, students and classrooms in one big jigsaw puzzle that needs to be recreated every semester.” For the complete citation, go to

Bradley Levy has been associated with the University for nearly three decades and earned both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from the University, BA’83, MBA’88 (Metro). He has played a strong role in integrating global education with the EOF program. As his citation declared, “Your leadership and dedication have defined the [EOF] program and motivated so many students to achieve what they themselves didn’t think possible.” For the complete citation, go to

Martha “Marty”  Megna has served FDU for 25 years. As an enrollment services coordinator, she has supported and guided a diverse population of international and domestic students, including Fulbright Scholars, Saudi Arabian embassy officials, executive MBA in management majors and Verizon employees. Her citation described her as one of FDU’s “finest ambassadors,” adding, “With a watchful eye and maternal charm, you have helped countless students fulfill their academic aspirations.” For the complete citation, go to

Alice Mills has been part of FDU for nearly 30 years, first as a student, BA’80 (Metro), MA’82 (Metro), then an instructor in psychology, a psychological counselor and now co-director of counseling service. In addition to co-chairing the Campus Wellness Committee, she helped form the Campus Threat Assessment Team to prevent violence and chaired its Mental Health Subcommittee. Her citation concluded, “In so many respects, you have set a standard of sensitivity and devotion for us all.” For the complete citation, go to

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