By John Feudo

Rutgers University-Camden has announced the appointment of Manning School of Business Rist Family Endowed Dean Sandra Richtermeyer as its next executive vice chancellor and provost for academic affairs.

Calling her a cornerstone of the university’s academic leadership who would be sorely missed, UMass Lowell Provost Joe Hartman said Rutgers couldn’t have made a better choice.

“Since her arrival, Sandy has transformed the Manning School of Business,” Hartman said. “She has elevated the school on a national stage, grown its enrollment, engaged its alumni and launched thousands of Manning graduates into professional careers and new professional opportunities. And as much as we’ll miss her, our students will miss her even more.”

Richtermeyer, who will depart for Rutgers-Camden in June, said the decision to leave was difficult.

“UMass Lowell has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my career,” she said. “The impact left on me by students, faculty and staff of the Manning School has been profound. Our scholars are second to none and I’ve yet to meet the student who can outwork a River Hawk.

“I’m also grateful to so many Manning School alumni who have supported this school and our students, especially mentors and friends Rob and Donna Manning and Brian and Kim Rist,” she said.

Richtermeyer joined UMass Lowell as dean of the Manning School in 2016 following 12 years at Xavier University in Ohio including three overlapping years as global professor-in-residence for the Institute of Management Accountants. She started her academic career as an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Wyoming and was a CPA in Denver, Colorado prior to that.

She currently serves on the boards of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, the PhD Project, and Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting in addition to serving as vice-chair of the United Nations Internal Control Advisory committee. Under her leadership, college research has surged. And as a regular presenter at conferences, Richtermeyer has encouraged and sponsored faculty and students to attend and share their research nationwide.

“Rutgers-Camden is fortunate to gain Sandy’s ideas, energy and enthusiasm for students and academe,” said Chancellor Julie Chen. “She has been a truly collaborative leader who has created and supported programs that extend beyond the traditional business school, while also providing a caring environment for our students. I’m grateful to her as a colleague and friend for all she has done for so many individuals and organizations across campus.”

Hartman said the Office of the Provost would announce the process to fill the Rist Family Endowed deanship in the coming weeks.