air view of Teaneck campus

An air view of the Teaneck-Hackensack campus. The first thing Dr, Sammartino did was to create adequate parking space by acquiring repairing rights and filling in the immense parking area by having all the Teaneck garbage for a full year dumped into the area. The President of Upper Volta exclaimed when he saw the thousands of parked cars "My, you have more cars than we have in our whole country." "Yes," Dr. Sammartino replied, "and by six tonight all these cars will take their place." "Incredibly," replied the President, "Vous avez deux 'universités.' " "Ça c'est vrai, Monsieur le Président."

Student Union

As Teaneck steadily grew, a new Student Union building was required, for extended facilities for student activities.

James Roosevelt

James Roosevelt, the President's son, gave a course in government at Fairleigh Dickinson. The course was made possible by a foundation grant.

Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

When James Roosevelt taught his course on government, he would always bring with him an important guest speaker to discuss with him an important phase of government. On this occasion, he brought his mother Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt who was received enthusiastically by the students.

Adlai Stevdnson

Adlai Stevenson addressing the Teaneck student body. He was brought to the campus by his good friend Dr. Clarence Decker, academic vice-president at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


When the Teaneck campus was acquired in 1953, Dr. Sammartino asked John Eisenhower, the son of the President, to become Provost. Mr. Eisenhower accepted the appointment with the approbation of his uncle, Dr. Milton Eisenhower. However, he had to withdraw his acceptance when General Marshall appointed him as the White House military aide.


Among the stream of visitors to the University was President Johnson who came to the Teaneck campus and was greeted by Dr. Sammartino and Governor Meyner.


As Fairleigh Dickinson was getting larger, Dr. Sammartino felt that is was losing some of the advantages of a small college. He therefore proposed to the Trustees that the first two years be organized into small colleges of 400 students so that students could receive maximum personal attention. The first such college was Edward Williams College named in honor of Edward T. T. Williams, chairman of the Board of Trustees. This building was made possible by the generosity of Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.

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