The campus community of Nyack College received the news of a fatal car accident in Florida yesterday, Monday, May 28, that caused the untimely death of former Nyack professor, Dr. Orlando Rivera. Dr. Rivera joined the faculty as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Bible and Pastoral Ministries in 2008, became a full-time assistant professor in pastoral ministries in 2009 and during his tenure served as department head. From 2013 to 2015, he also served as adjunct professor in Nyack’s Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership programs and concluded his Nyack employment in 2016.
Dr. Rivera’s non-profit organization, the Center for Transformative Work (CTW), co-sponsored with Nyack’s Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement, the 2015 Nyack Scholars Symposium, “In Search of the Meaning of Work.” Through a grant awarded to CTW, Nyack’s School of Business and Leadership with Impact Paterson, hosted a teaching series and “The Entrepreneurial Business Venture Competition” that gave more than $22,000 to three emerging entrepreneurs who were Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary students.
Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, commented, “Orlando Rivera was a creative, high-energy agent of change who was deeply passionate about developing leaders for the Kingdom of God. This passion motivated him to be both very tough with his coursework and very generous with his time and with the opportunities he created for students to serve. He challenged students because he believed in them and he mobilized them to become what he knew they could become. His life will continue to impact the Kingdom for generations.”
Colleagues and students of Dr. Rivera are filling newsfeed on social media with tributes to him. In addition to the request for prayers and emotional support for his wife, Nancy and their ten children, a GoFundMe page, has been created for the Rivera family. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of them.