He was days away from welcoming the Class of 2017 as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


Shock passed through the Drew community on Monday, August 19, after an official announcement of the sudden passing of Dr. Alan Candiotti, interim dean of the school’s College of Liberal Arts. Candiotti, who arrived on the Drew campus in 1980 after earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University, served as a professor of mathematics and computer science before being named assistant vice president for university technology.

According to Drew President Vivian A. Bull, Candiotti was an important leader of the Computer Initiative—established in 1984—which made Drew the nation’s first liberal arts college to provide students with a laptop as part of tuition.

“Alan approached his entire career with a spirit of innovation,” said Bull. “His loss reminds us of his many achievements, which will undoubtedly become part of his enduring legacy.”

Candiotti earned an A.B. degree from Columbia University in 1967, after which he pursued an A.M. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1973, both from Harvard. His focus on scholarship between 1973 and 1989 resulted in publication of academically acclaimed articles on number theory.

At Drew, he served for 23 years as a professor of mathematics and computer science, and was named the winner of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1992. In 1985, he became chair of the department and served in that role until 1993. He was also deeply involved in teaching New Jersey’s top high school students as director of the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences in 1986 and again from 1988 to 1990.

Candiotti’s talents were more fully integrated into Drew’s administration in 1994, when he became the school’s assistant vice president for university technology—a position he held while continuing to teach undergraduate courses. Since then, he has led the school’s academic and administrative computer units through several modernization projects, the most recent of which included complex transitions to Google Apps and Banner.—Michael Bressman

Memorial Service for Alan Candiotti on October 27, 2013

A memorial service for Alan Candiotti will be held in Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 27. Speakers will include President Vivian Bull, members of the technology and mathematics departments, other faculty friends, and a member of Alan’s family. There will be an opportunity for those gathered to express their memories of Alan. A reception will follow the service in the Seminary Hall Atrium. If you are a member of the Drew community, please park in the Sitterly lot as there are several events being held on campus that day that may require the forum and Tilghman lot parking.

The Alan Candiotti Fund for Innovation in Technology and Education

Established in memory of Dr. Alan Candiotti, in recognition of his legacy of leadership at Drew, his commitment to innovation in the integration of technology and the liberal arts, and his longstanding dedication to his students and colleagues. Awarded to faculty and staff members for innovative technology projects that improve the quality of instruction and enhance learning opportunities and experiences for Drew students.

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