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FDU President Begins Medical Leave

FDU's chief operating officer named acting president.

President J. Michael Adams began a medical leave Wednesday, a campus spokeswoman said.

Adams will be hospitalized for the next four to five weeks to undergo treatment for Myelodysplastic Syndrome, which impacts the bone marrow and impairs blood production, the University said. He will receive treatment, including chemotherapy, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

“Everyone certainly respects what President Adams is doing,” said University spokeswoman Dina Schipper. “The student experience will not be impacted during this short leave.”

Adams became president of FDU in 1999 after serving as dean of Drexel University’s College of Design Arts in Philadelphia. He oversaw the opening of FDU’s campus in Vancouver, British Colombia, and has led the development of the school’s international mission. He also serves as president of the International Association of University Presidents and has authored several books. 

Sheldon Drucker, FDU’s chief operating officer, will serve as acting president while Adams is on leave, Schipper said. 

“Shelley’s years of outstanding service to FDU, his deep knowledge of the University and its operations, and his many skills and talents make him well qualified to guide us through this period and handle the critical administrative matters that confront the University,” Patrick Zenner, chairman of the FDU Board of Trustees said in a message to the university community sent Wednesday. 

Drucker will work with , who will remain focused on academic affairs. 

Adams is expected to return to the University, but an exact date was not yet determined.

Drucker, a trusted adviser to Adams, has been senior vice president and chief operating officer since 2007, the University said. He has led the financial growth of the University and played a role in the development of its Vancouver campus.  

FDU has campuses in Teaneck and Madison and enrolls more than 12,000 students. The University also maintains programs in England and Canada.

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