A Conversation with Ken Malagiere, BS'05

What are your fondest memories of your FDU days?

My fondest memories of my FDU days are filled with the wonderful friends, professors, faculty and staff I met during my time as president of the Student Government Association at the Metropolitan Campus and my semester at Wroxton College. Specifically, the late Michael Adams had a profound impact on building my leadership skills and helped shape me into the proud alumnus that I am today. 

How did your FDU experiences prepare you for your career?

The diversity of experiences at FDU and Wroxton College helped prepare me for not only my professional career as a small business owner, but also as a non-profit leader, serving as president of the board of the Garden State Philharmonic, Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and Ocean County College Foundation Board. In short, it was the breadth of experiences and challenges I was able to meet as a student at FDU that I draw on to meet the opportunities of today.

Any classes, professors or moments on campus that made a big difference in your life?

Dr. Helen G. Brudner and Dr. Nicholas Baldwin had an equal and lasting impact on me as a student. Each was extraordinarily supportive of my efforts and goals while I was at FDU and their support continued into my professional career. Aside from the content of their stimulating classes on political science and international studies, I learned the very valuable asset of exercising candor. 

What about FDU impresses you today?

The success of our Alumni impresses me often. I have had the pleasure of attending Charter Day for the past four years. This amazing evening celebrates our Alumni on a grand scale while raising funds to support our Charter Day Scholarships, of which I was a recipient and will be forever grateful. 

Why do you give to FDU?

I give to FDU and the Fund for Wroxton College specifically because I believe in higher education and respect the costs associated with maintaining infrastructure, providing for a modern campus, compensating passionate faculty and encouraging engaged staff. Unfortunately, there are many who are simply not able to meet the financial obligation of a private university. It is up to us as Alumni, who were beneficiaries of the generosity of those before us, to continue to foster a culture of giving to ensure all can enjoy the experiences we treasure. 

About Ken Malagiere, BS'05

Kenneth was graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University in May of 2005 with a degree in Political Science. Founding The James Joseph Group, Inc., in the same year, Kenneth established a niche in the floral design industry. Today, Ken leads the team at Narcissus, a wedding and event florist on the New Jersey Shore. He has been featured in several industry publications including, Floral Finance, Retail Florist and Flowers and Profits

Ken continues his work as an artist, business owner and engaged citizen while annually completing many commissioned works. Presently, he serves as President of the Board of The Garden State Philharmonic, and holds board positions on The Wroxton College Advisory Council of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ocean County College Foundation, The Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, and The Jersey Shore Business Network Inc., and is an Honorary Commander of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst. 

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