Distinguished Faculty Award for Service
Richard D. Bronson
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Senior Executive Assistant to the President
The poet and novelist Tagore once wrote,
“I slept and dreamed that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.”
For you, service truly represents the joy of life. That’s clearly shown as your positive demeanor and infectious enthusiasm have enriched Fairleigh Dickinson for nearly 40 years. Teacher, scholar, curriculum developer, strategic planning specialist, administrator — your wide variety of roles reflects the array of talents and skills you possess.
And today is not the first time you have stepped to this stage. In 1995, you received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship for your work in mathematical modeling and computer simulation.
In and out of the classroom, you combine abundant energy with an unwavering focus on what’s most beneficial for students. Your many efforts include serving as chair of the department of mathematics and computer science; and as a member of the NCAA Athletics Certification Committee, the University Mission Task Force, the Ad Hoc University Planning Committee, the University Senate and the College Educational Policy Committee.
As acting dean of the former College of Science and Engineering, you led the development of the highly acclaimed SOS (Support our Students) program, which dramatically increased the passing rates of students in introductory science courses. The program was expanded to other courses and continues today.
As interim provost of the Metropolitan Campus, you led the development of a strategic plan, helped introduce important academic programs, paved the way for significant renovations and new construction, and brought a “rich” infusion of vitality and spirit into all campus activities.
Your colleagues remember that in your first day as interim provost, you took the staff out to lunch and outlined a long list of priorities. They nodded, listened politely, and went back to their offices and declared you certifiable. Now, with deep admiration, they vouch for your sanity and proclaim that you did everything you said — and more! Well, there was one goal that eluded you, but even you cannot alter the habits of the Canadian geese.
For accomplishing nearly everything, and for answering the call of your University time and time again, Fairleigh Dickinson University salutes you with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service.