Cynthia Newman, faculty member and dean of the College of Business at Rider University, resigned as dean after the private university disregarded a survey in which students chose Chick-fil-A as their top choice of restaurants to bring to campus. After learning the results, school officials sent a schoolwide email stating that Chick-fil-A’s corporate values “have not significantly progressed enough to align with those of Rider.”
School officials stated that “Chick-fil-A was removed … based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.”
When Newman, a committed Christian, reached out to university officials asking them to issue an apology, officials hardened their stance, sending another campuswide email reiterating their position.
After weeks of deliberation, Newman resigned as dean but said she would continue teaching. Fox News reported that she couldn’t get behind the university “in good conscience” due to her Biblical values, and because “their ban indicated that people who adhere to values similar to Chick-fil-A’s are not responsible citizens.”