A presidential connection to FDU
By Dan Landau
Thought there were no more holidays in February after Valentineís Day? Donít forget Presidentsí Day! This Presidentsí Day, letís take a look at FDUís presidential connections. Over the years, five U.S. presidents have visited Fairleigh Dickinson University, including most recently, Barack Obama in 2009.
Obama spoke at the Rothman Center on the Metropolitan Campus on October 21, 2009 during a campaign rally for former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. Corzine rented out the Rothman Center for the rally during his unsuccessful reelection bid.
The only other sitting president to visit FDU to date is Bill Clinton, who spoke along with Vice President Al Gore, on March 12, 1996 on the Metropolitan Campus. They spoke about environmental concerns to a crowd of more than 6,000 people in the Rothman Center.
Two future presidents have also traveled to FDU: George H. W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. Bush, Sr. spoke at the Rothman Center on November 3, 1988; just days before his election win. Johnson visited the Metropolitan Campus during his vice presidential campaign in 1960.
FDUís presidential ties go back even further: Theodore Roosevelt was a guest of the North family at Wroxton Abbey in 1887 before he became president. The Abbey became part of FDUís Wroxton College nearly a century later in 1965.