Hennessy met his wife, Patrice “Patti” Shelmet Hennessy ’82, at Rider when they were both students. Patti, who passed away in January after a long illness, graduated from Rider with a bachelor’s in office administration. The couple have been longtime supporters of Rider, particularly its Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics.
Once Hennessy learned about the expansion plans for the Science and Technology Center, he immediately saw the importance of such growth given his business experience in sciences and healthcare media, as well as a way to commemorate Patti through this gift.
Hennessy, who earned a bachelor’s in political science from Rider, is the founder and chairman of the largest privately held, independent, full-service medical media company in North America, MJH Life Sciences. The company delivers healthcare news to health professionals in the pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and biotech industries. He served as a Rider Trustee for nine years, completing his third three-year term in 2017.
He has been a consistent champion of Rider programs, supporting the Annual Fund and the Rider Arena Project and establishing the Hennessy Fund for the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics. In recognition of his long-standing interest in the success of Rider and its students, the University awarded him with the Gordon E. Prichard Award for Volunteer Service in 2017.
The Hennessys have four children, Shannon Hennessy Pulaski, Ashley Hennessy Talamo ’08, Michael Hennessy Jr. and Christopher Hennessy ’11.
“Rider is grateful to Mike for supporting all of our efforts over the years,” says Rider President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D. “We’re particularly excited about this leadership gift for our Science and Technology Center expansion project. We’ve seen tremendous growth in our science majors and this construction project will provide us with an opportunity to introduce new, high demand majors. As a former Trustee, Mike is aware of the importance of offering such programs to our students.”
Those wishing to make a gift in support of the Science and Technology Center expansion can visit rider.edu/sciencebuilding. For more information on the project, please contact Senior Director of Development Pamela Mingle at 609-896-7725 or [email protected]or Associate Director of Major Gifts Kathleen Smithem at 609-895-5589 or [email protected]