Campus & Community

Stevens Institute of Technology Announces New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks as Convocation Keynote Speaker

Hoboken, N.J. – New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks will give the keynote address at Stevens Institute of Technology’s 143rd Convocation, an annual tradition held at the beginning of each fall semester to introduce newly-arrived students to the university community. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will also welcome Stevens students to their new hometown, encouraging them to follow in the footsteps of Stevens students and alumni throughout history by getting involved in the local community.

“To have two impressive and accomplished women in significant leadership positions address new students at Convocation will set an important example for our students,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “Stevens students are fortunate to hear the advice and insights of these two inspirational leaders as they embark on their college journeys.”

Hendricks, who was appointed to the Cabinet-level post by Governor Chris Christie in May 2011, has more than 20 years of experience working on key education initiatives in the Garden State. As a member of the staff of the New Jersey Department of Education since 1987, she served as acting commissioner, assistant commissioner for the Division of School Effectiveness and Choice, director of the Professional Development Office, manager of the Office of Policy and Planning in the Administration Division, assistant to the deputy education commissioner, and director of the Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs.

Previously, she worked for more than 15 years at Princeton University in numerous capacities, including assistant dean of students, director of the Educational Opportunities Program, and interim director of the Women’s Program. She began her career as a teacher in the Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School District.

“Secretary Hendricks has an impressive record of leadership in education and public policy,” said Farvardin. “She has played a catalytic role in ensuring that higher education delivers on its promise of advancing knowledge and creating a competitive workforce for our state’s and nation’s future.”

Zimmer became Hoboken’s first female mayor in 2009, having previously served as a member of City Council of Hoboken. Since taking office, she has dedicated herself to restoring fiscal responsibility and improving quality of life for residents. Among her accomplishments are steadily reducing taxes, establishing a responsible cash surplus, restructuring the police and fire departments, privatizing Hoboken’s hospital, using technology to make government more efficient, and pioneering progressive transportation initiatives.

“Mayor Zimmer’s welcome to the charming and dynamic community of Hoboken will truly be a highlight for our new students,” said Farvardin.

Stevens 2013 Convocation will welcome 719 undergraduate new students, the largest in university history.

The profile of this year’s undergraduate class demonstrates how Stevens is making progress on the growth, selectivity and diversity goals outlined in the university’s ten-year strategic plan. The new students hail from 29 U.S. states and 13 countries, including Stevens students from a diverse range of countries including Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and Thailand. The class makeup includes 30 percent women and 13 percent underrepresented minorities, and the average SAT score of 1210-1390 is ten points above last year’s class.

Also participating in Convocation will be representatives from the newest cohort of graduate students, currently numbering approximately 860, including more than 600 full-time graduate students representing 31 countries.

Convocation will take place on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Canavan Arena on the Stevens campus in Hoboken, N.J.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.