This month, Janet Morgan Riggs *82 and Stephen J. Friedman ’59 added their names to the list of Princeton alumni serving as college presidents -- a list that includes S. Georgia Nugent ’73 (Kenyon College), Anthony Marx *80 (Amherst College), Alice P. Gast *84 (Lehigh University), and at least a half-dozen others.
Riggs, who earned her Ph.D. in social psychology at Princeton, took charge of her undergraduate alma mater, Gettysburg College, Feb. 6. She had been a professor and administrator at Gettysburg for 27 years.
Friedman, a Woodrow Wilson School major and Harvard Law graduate, was appointed president of Pace University Feb. 12. He had been dean of the law school at Pace for three years after a distinguished career in government and corporate law.
Both new presidents took office with a bit of experience -- Riggs had been interim president for nearly a year, Friedman for 18 months. The Gettysburg search committee met with a national pool of candidates but found its top choice right down the hall. Said committee chairman Bob Duelks: "At every turn Janet Riggs remained in the top tier. She set herself apart with her passion, commitment, and vision for her alma mater."
(Photos courtesy Gettysburg College and Pace University)
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