Posthumously award Eugene Marsh his Ed​.​ D.

Posthumously award Eugene Marsh his Ed​.​ D.

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Robert Pycior started this petition to Rider University

Eugene Marsh was a staple at Rider University for a decade. He earned both his bachelors and masters degrees at Rider and was working towards completion of an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership. His untimely passing means he will not have the opportunity to walk across the stage one last time to receive his doctorate.

Eugene Marsh's life story reads like a novel, and portrays a life full of challenges and the grit to push through them. Growing up in a large foster family with significant responsibilities, facing racism in Jim Crow era South Carolina, being one of the first to integrate his high school, service in the US Army and time spent in Vietnam, coming home to continued racism, battling homelessness, the founding of a successful construction management company, and most recently Eugene's push to obtain the highest level of education. Eugene began his educational journey at Mercer County Community College, but found his home at Rider University. At Rider Eugene earned a Bachelors in liberal arts and a Masters in clinical mental health counseling before beginning his Ed. D.

Eugene wanted to use his life experiences to help others who may find themselves batting some of the same challenges he faced, especially veterans returning from combat. Eugene's passion for both education and service to veterans is unmatched and, I believe, deserving of his doctorate.

I had the pleasure of working with Eugene in classes at Rider and saw him have an impact within the Rider University military and veterans community. Many who attended Rider from 2010 through the current day have seen him on campus or in class, heard him speak at events, and been impacted by his wisdom and acts of compassion.

This petition is to raise awareness and hopefully ensure that Eugene, even in death, is recognized for his lifetime of accomplishment and drive for educational success. I am not sure if Rider was or is planning on a posthumous confirmation of his Ed. D. as Eugene was slated for completion this year but felt the least we, as a community, could do is rally behind him. Following the gathering of signatures I will forward to this petition to whoever I can get it to at the highest levels at Rider.

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