Fitchburg State University celebrated the inauguration of Richard S. Lapidus as the 11th president of the institution on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.
Over the span of that week, we looked back at our history and encouraged the wider community to join us for a host of celebrations. These festivities spanned several days and featured nearly 30 versatile events, social, cultural, academic and athletic.
We also prepared a series of retrospective writings to supplement the week. We celebrated our university's rich history by recalling our beginnings, and we looked at a timeline of significant institutional events. And our Hall of Presidents remembered the leadership that has shaped us since the very beginning.
President Richard S. Lapidus
President Lapidus took office in July 2015. He came to Fitchburg State after six years serving as dean of the College of Business Administration at California Polytechnic University. He was previously associate dean of administration and associate professor in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also served as chair of the marketing department.
Lapidus earned a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University, a master’s degree in marketing from CSU Long Beach, a doctoral degree in marketing from the University of Nebraska and a certificate in management and leadership in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining academia, Lapidus worked as an account manager for NCR Corporation in New York and as a sales representative for Moore Corporation in New York.
Earlier in his academic career, Lapidus’ research topics included customer satisfaction, green advertising and customer attitudes toward pirated merchandise. He has published numerous articles on customer service and work-related stress. He has made presentations on both academic and industry-related subjects at conferences across the nation.
Lapidus and his wife, Lisa, live in Fitchburg. They have two children, Zachary and Hannah.
The Inauguration & Celebration are brought to you by:
Linda E. Byrne '68, '70 & Joseph D. Byrne '14, '14