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"...I really believe that Stevens is an incredible asset, but with any asset, you have to invest in it...”
Meet Dick Sard
Whether he was travelling for business or for pleasure, Dick Sard is grateful for the opportunities he’s had to visit over 50 countries – throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas – and return home with lifelong memories and a sense of cultural enrichment. He’s channeled that gratitude as a lead supporter for one featured aspect of student success – study abroad experiences.
Since the Office of International Programs opened in 2014, the number of Stevens students studying overseas, whether for short stays or whole semesters, has doubled. After hearing from many of those students, Dick remains convinced he is making an effective investment in them and in Stevens. “Study abroad opportunities provide an educational as well as pleasurable approach to learning, and they immeasurably improve the quality of students that Stevens produces.”
Beginning with his stint at Bell Labs, Dick rose from bench scientist to manager and was later recruited to be Vice President of Technology for a division of Occidental Petroleum. His career continued to evolve, involving him in technology and international business development for Enthone-OMI, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the electronics and surface finishing industries. He and his wife, Carol (pictured above), split their time between pursuing cultural activities in New York and managing their farm in Vermont, and they especially enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
During his days at Castle Point, Dick was a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa and played varsity lacrosse, including serving as team captain. Over the years, he’s kept up with his Stevens classmates, relationships that stoked his interest in helping the university. “We’d always make a point of getting together for important anniversaries. We’d show up on campus and realize that good things were happening at Stevens.”
In addition to his support for study abroad opportunities, Dick has donated to the Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship and for infrastructure improvements. He believes the Power of Stevens is important for Stevens to succeed. “When I first heard about the campaign, I told President Farvardin that I wanted to help. I really believe that Stevens is an incredible asset, but with any asset, you have to invest in it in order for it to be productive.”
With his broad perspective, Dick is confident that Stevens is capable of producing students who can make an impact on society. “One of the real shortcomings in the world today is leadership, and well-educated leaders are essential to our collective well-being. Stevens is a source of the kinds of talent needed for the next generation to make a difference. I think that’s something that people who have a Stevens background will look at and feel proud of.”