Ralph Knapp Honored with Pillar Award
TEANECK, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2009) — Ralph Knapp of Parsippany was honored by Fairleigh Dickinson University as a “Pillar” of the campus community at the University’s annual Academic Convocation on Sept. 23.
As director of computing services at FDU’s College at Florham in Madison, N.J., and a key member of the information technology group since 1989, he has been in the forefront of the University’s evolving computing capabilities and support network.
The Pillar Award recognizes exceptional individuals within the University who have made extraordinary contributions to the character and quality of the institution, its community and its cultures.
“With technical proficiency, keen judgment and thoughtful guidance, you greatly enhanced the relationship between the computer center and the FDU community,” said College at Florham Provost Kenneth Greene in presenting the award.
Knapp, who earned his B.S. degree in computer science from FDU, began working as a student assistant in the Academic Computer Center and was then offered a full-time position after graduating in 1990. He was a key player in the transition to the Novell platform for file and print services across the University. Knapp currently manages the teams that develop and deliver FDU’s desktop and laptop computing environment.
Knapp is a member of FDU’s Professional Administrative Senate’s executive committee. He has served on the College at Florham’s Campus Council, and was selected by the Student Government Association as the Outstanding Staff Member of the Year in 2006.