Governance at Riverside Preparatory Academy

Riverside Prep is governed by a 24-member Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees, greatly expanded since 2009, has become a strength of the Academy. The depth and breadth of professional experience represented among the Trustees is impressive and invaluable. In addition to bankers, attorneys, and financiers, they count college presidents, general contractors, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and Flag Officers among their number. The president has autonomy in operational matters, while the Board of Trustees is more strategic.

Executive Staff

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  • Robert Brittain Daniel, J.D.

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  • Lt Col Jonathan Pooley

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  • CSM Chad Blansett

    Academy Sergeant Major
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  • LTC(R) David Lee

    Senior Army Instructor
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  • Ellen DeFoor

    Vice President for Advancement
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  • Emmett Forrester

    Chief Financial Officer
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  • Steve Flaherty

    Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Dr. Stanley C. “Stas” Preczewski, COL(R) USA, Army

    President Emeritus
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Board of Trustees

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  • BG(R) Daniel J. Kaufman, Chairman

    BG(R) Daniel J. Kaufman is President of DKaufman Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in advising on leadership and organizational development. He is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, a position he held from July 2013 until June 2019.  
    He was the founding president of Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the first new public four-year college in Georgia in over 100 years. The college admitted its first class of 118 students in August 2006. At the time of his departure in June 2013, GGC had nearly 10,000 students.
    In addition to serving on the Riverside Preparatory Academy Board of Trustees, Kaufman has served on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, and was a founding director of Touchmark National Bank. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  
    He was a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, serving as Dean of the Academic Board and Chief Academic Officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a position from which he retired from in June 2005.  
    Kaufman graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was selected as a Distinguished Graduate by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2017.
    His military service includes tours in the United States and Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star for heroism and two Purple Hearts. He served as a Special Assistant to three Chiefs of Staff of the Army and was a member of the Department of Defense Presidential Transition Team in 1992. He was engaged extensively in the development of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, which opened in Kabul in April 2005. General Kaufman was honored by the British government as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).  
    He and his wife, Kathryn, are both natives of Brunswick, Georgia. They have two children, Emily and David, and four grandchildren.
  • Anthony M. Herdener, Treasurer and Vice-Chairman

    Anthony Herdener earned his CPA Certificate and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He began his career at the CPA firm Ernst & Ernst (Ernst & Young), followed by Saint Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.
    Mr. Herdener retired in 2018 from his role as the Chief Financial Officer of Northeast Georgia Health Systems (NGHS) since 1995. NGHS is the leading healthcare system in northeast Georgia with three hospital campuses, nursing homes, physicians group, and numerous urgent care clinics. Mr. Herdener was responsible for all financial operation strategies and the capital formation of NGHS’ $1+ billion organizations. 
    Prior to his time at NGHS, he served as CFO of Saint Joseph Health System of Atlanta and as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Catholic Health East in Pennsylvania.
    Mr. Herdener is an active member of the Georgia CFO Networking Group and the Gainesville Rotary Club, where he served as President in 2013. His past service includes the United Way Budget & Allocation Committee, Leadership Hall Program, Lakeview Academy Finance Committee Chair, and Chairman of Elachee Nature Center Board.
    Mr. Herdener and his wife, Cathy have two children and two granddaughters, which they enjoy seeing as much as possible.
  • John W. "Jay" Jacobs III, Secretary

    John W. “Jay” Jacobs III is the son of Martha Rand Jacobs and the late John W. Jacobs, Jr. He is a 1979 graduate of Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, and attended Presbyterian College and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

    Mr. Jacobs began with Jacobs Media in 1983 as an advertising salesman and was promoted to President five years later. In 1990, he and family friend Clara Martin erected WMJE FM 102.9, known today as WDUN FM 102.9. The company acquired WGGA AM in 1992, which is known today as 94.5 FM/1240 AM WGGA The Lake.

    In 1999, Jacobs Media developed a news and information website, AccessWDUN.com, formerly known as AccessNorthGA.com, which is Northeast Georgia’s most-read local news website with more than 55 million page views and over 3 million unique visitors annually.

    Mr. Jacobs is a former chairman of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, former President of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, and a former member of the Gainesville Jaycees. He is also a recipient of the Jaycee of the Year Award. He is a member of the Leadership Georgia Foundation Class of 2000. He previously served on the Gainesville Bank and Trust Board, the Lakeview Academy Board of Trustees, Board of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and is a member of the Board of Directors for United Way of Hall County. He is a member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

    Mr. Jacobs is the owner and chairman of Jacobs Media Corporation, a second-generation family media business founded by his father in 1949, located in Gainesville, Georgia. Today, Jacobs Media is composed of three radio stations, WDUN AM 550, WDUN FM 102.9, and 94.5 FM The Lake, a premier north Georgia online news source (AccessWDUN.com), and a digital design entity (AccessWDUN Plus).

    Mr. Jacobs is also the managing partner of Jacobs Management, a real estate partnership that manages local commercial properties including Thompson Court Shopping Center in Gainesville, Georgia.

    Mr. Jacobs has been married to Anna Alexander Jacobs for 33 years and has three adult children, Lydia Jacobs Gailey, Louisa Rhodes Jacobs, and John W. Jacobs IV, and one grandchild, William Wesley Gailey. The family resides in Gainesville, Georgia.
  • Foster Bachschmidt, ’06

    Foster graduated from the Cockrell School of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and Riverside Preparatory Academy. He is a passionate aviator, investor, venture capitalist, and motorsports enthusiast. Foster first went to work in the construction industry at the age of 7 as an apprentice mechanic in his Mother’s equipment repair facility. From an early age, he has honed his craft in business and aviation. He has served nearly every trade in the heavy civil construction industry, from pipe layer to equipment operator. Foster rose rapidly through the ranks within his company and the industry. Having served on the Board of Directors for several industry organizations and advocacy groups, Foster helped to propel the heavy civil construction industry in Florida.
    From his early start in Construction, Foster’s career has pivoted into the world of finance, where his true passion lies—from an early age, investing peaked Foster’s interest. At age 15, he began diligently reading the works of Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffet, Adam Smith, Peter Lynch, Seth Klarman, and many others. Having achieved success in his financial management, the dream of helping others achieve the same goals began to form for him. Recently, Foster has transitioned his career from construction to wealth management. Driven by a lifelong desire to aid families and individuals in achieving their financial goals, Foster has assumed a position with Merrill Lynch. He will serve as a steward and advisor to families seeking to preserve, grow, and plan their wealth for current and future generations.
    Foster’s second life is in aviation. He started flying at 13 years old, soloed on his 16th birthday, and received his private pilot’s license just one year later, at 17. Foster has logged more than three thousand hours, mostly in aerobatic aircraft. He began his aerobatic career at 17 and has flown and trained around the world with his heroes, mentors, and coaches. With more than fifteen years of aerobatic experience, Foster has earned a spot atop the national and international rankings for aerobatics. He has won two U.S. National Aerobatic Championship titles and is the former captain of the U.S. National Aerobatic Team. After a sabbatical, Foster is pursuing a return to competition aerobatics, with the lofty goal of returning the U.S. National Aerobatic Team to the top step of the podium at the World Aerobatic Championships in the near future.
    In his personal life, Foster is an avid Porsche collector, enjoys following Formula 1 and World Endurance Car racing, traveling the world, and fathering his young son, Eli.
  • Ruben A. Barahona, Esq. ’89

    Mr. Barahona is a 1989 graduate of Riverside and attended law school at Universidad Anahuac Mayab in Merida, Mexico. He was named a Riverside Military Academy Trustee of the Board’s 2014 Homecoming meeting. He is also a past member of Riverside Academy’s Board of Visitors.

    Mr. Barahona is a founding member of Camara & Asociados, a law firm in Cancun, Mexico, specialized in Notary, Corporate and Real State Law for the past 24 years. From June 2005 to the present he is Public Notary Number 13th for the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico, base in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

    A native of Cozumel, Mexico, Mr. Barahona resides in Cancun, Mexico with his wife Magda. They have one child, Ruben, who is currently in his fourth year at Riverside Preparatory Academy.
  • Jette Campbell, ’65

    Jette Campbell is a 1965 graduate of Riverside Military Academy. Although Mr. Campbell attended Riverside only his senior year, he attributes much of his success in college and later in life to the discipline and confidence instilled in him then. He went on to graduate from Auburn University in 1969, where he pursued graduate studies until Uncle Sam called. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1969 through 1975 and remembers fondly the treatment he received in basic training because he attended Riverside Military Academy.

    Mr. Campbell is a CPA and began his career in Houston, Texas with Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1970. He was admitted to the partnership in 1979 and transferred to Austin, TX, where he headed the audit practice until 1983. He left Andersen to pursue opportunities in real estate and venture capital before returning to public accounting in 1988 as a direct entry partner in KPMG Peat Marwick’s Dallas office. In 1991, he joined his client PepsiCo as CFO of its Northern European Snack Foods Division based in London and returned to Dallas in 1993 as controller of Frito Lay. In 1994, Mr. Campbell was recruited by Rusty Griffin to join Griffin Corporation as CFO and a shareholder. When Griffin was sold to DuPont at the end of 2003, Mr. Campbell joined Carl Marks Advisors where he is a partner in its corporate restructuring group based in Charlotte, N.C.

    Mr. Campbell has an extensive track record in community service and education. He has served as a Trustee of St. Edwards University, Stetson University’s School of Music, and Paul Quinn College from which he received an Honorary Doctorate for his leadership as Chairman of the Executive Committee. He has served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Austin, Chaired Leadership Austin, and is a life time Boy Scout having achieved Eagle Scout as a youth, served as a Scoutmaster and Council President as an adult, and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.

  • William B. Carr, Jr.

    William B. Carr, Jr. owns Carr Cattle Company, LLC. Carr Cattle Company is dedicated to producing registered Angus, Charolais, and SimAngus cattle.  
    William B. Carr, Jr. graduated from Davidson College in 1968. He received his Master of Divinity Degree in 1974 at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. 
    Mr. Carr previously served in the Medical Service Corps with the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg and Pleiku from 1969-1971 and went on to become Chaplain of the U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army from 1981-2006, in the U.S.A., Germany, and Kuwait. From 1974, Mr. Carr has served in many pastoral positions across the United States, including Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia.
    Mr. Carr currently serves as the Gainesville Fire Department Chaplain in Gainesville, Georgia. He is an active member of Believers Concert Band, First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, Georgia’s Grant Committee, and Northeast Georgia Presbytery’s Pastoral Care position.
    Mr. Carr is married to Jan McLelland Carr, and is the father of three children, Bracken, David, and John. The Carrs’ have one grandchild.
  • Counte L. Cooley

    Counte Cooley started his career in 1958 with Electronic Sales Company, holding flashlights and passing tools to his father, Don Cooley. He is originally from Georgia and attended Southern Tech, majoring in Electronics Engineering. From 1967 through 1972, he served in the Georgia National Guard Infantry with training in Advanced Infantry. Mr. Cooley is now President and Owner of Electronic Sales Company.   
    Mr. Cooley serves as President and major stockholder of Georgia Powder Coating located in Gainesville, Georgia. Since 1999, GPC has provided commercial and architectural high specification powder coating services for government agencies, architectural companies, and industrial operations near Gainesville, Georgia and beyond. In 2015, GPC was selected as 1 of 50 Top Shops in North America by Products Finishing Magazine.

    Mr. Cooley is proud to have led his company while meeting the standards of Underwriter Laboratories since 1972. His company is UL Certified for both Fire and Burglar ratings. In July of 1999, Electronic Sales Company obtained the listing of Position #99 in the "Top 100" Listing of the SDM Magazine.  Furthermore, ESC received the 2006 Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce “Small Business of the Year” Award.

    Mr. Cooley served a two-year term as President of the Georgia Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and four years as Director. He also served a two-year term as Vice President of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and three years as a member of the “Strategic Planning Committee.”

    Mr. Cooley was also involved in chartering the new Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Systems Association (GELSSA) and served as Director. Presently, he is serving on the Board of Directors. 

In 2011, Mr. Cooley was named to the Georgia State Construction Industry Licensing Board: Division of Low Voltage Contractors by Governor Nathan Deal. This Board serves to safeguard the public against
    faulty, inadequate, insufficient, or unsafe low-voltage contracting, installation, and repair.

    In 2012, Mr. Cooley was invited to serve on the Riverside Military Academy (RMA) Board of Trustees in Gainesville, GA. The purpose of Riverside Military Academy is to develop virtuous and competent young men who are prepared for success in college and positions of responsibility thereafter. 
Locally, Mr. Cooley has served as the past President of Gainesville’s very active Kiwanis Club, serving children all over the world. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Cottrell Business College at the University of North Georgia. Mr. Cooley is also currently a Deacon at First Baptist Church and was President of his Angler’s Sunday School Class. Mr. Cooley is also quite involved with the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville. He served as the past President and has co-chaired the campaign for renovations in the Athletic and Ball Room/Grill Areas.     

    Mr. Cooley is the director and co-founder with his wife, Jackie, of the "For Her Glory" Foundation which provides wigs, compression garments, and other related items for cancer patients that cannot afford them.  

    Mr. Cooley enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren. Traveling, boating, flying, and golfing are some of his other favorite pastimes. He is also a past national, regional, and state champion for racquetball in his age bracket and category.
  • Zakaria S. “Zak” Haque, '01

    As the Chief Technology Officer of Bulldog Insurance and the CEO of Bond Insurance Group, Zak Haque brings over 20 years of extensive experience in the insurance industry to his role at Riverside Military Academy. His expertise encompasses leadership, strategic decision-making, and driving technological innovation to enhance business performance and customer satisfaction.

    At Bulldog Insurance, Zak has demonstrated exceptional capabilities in scaling the company from a small family office, to a substantial enterprise with writing capability in 40+ states. His leadership facilitated two full technology refreshes, significantly improving software platform proficiency and compliance rates from 41% to 98%. His tenure saw remarkable advancements in performance management, client service standards, and sales performance management, which contributed to a dramatic increase in revenue volume and diversification of client portfolios.

    As CEO of Bond Insurance Group, Zak successfully pivoted the company to focus on corporate insurance, expanding services to include employee benefits and capturing high-end premium accounts. His strategic relationships with key decision-makers have enabled the company to secure major contracts, including Toll Brothers Properties NE and Fire Fighter Union Benefits.

    In addition to his professional accomplishments, Zak is a dedicated educator and mentor. He has served as an Emergency Medical Services Instructor and Coordinator, showcasing his passion for teaching and developing others. His certifications and professional development credentials from prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, and Quantic School of Business and Technology, further solidify his expertise and commitment to continuous learning and leadership excellence.

    Zak’s multifaceted skills extend beyond the corporate realm, as evidenced by his community involvement as a 32nd Degree Mason, volunteer firefighter and EMT-B in Connecticut. Fluent in multiple languages, he embodies a global perspective and cultural sensitivity that enhance his leadership approach.

    At Riverside Military Academy, Zak is committed to leveraging his extensive background in technology, finance, and strategy to support the institution's mission and drive forward its goals. His leadership on the Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Alumni Council underscores his dedication to fostering growth, innovation, and excellence within the Riverside Military Academy community.
  • Drew W. Horner, ’78

    Mr. Horner is the Founder, Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President of Progressive Improvements, Inc., a hotel renovation company based in Kennesaw, Georgia. Since its establishment in 1987, he and his business partner have developed the company into a multi-million dollar international success. Progressive Improvement’s portfolio includes full-scale renovation projects at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. He is also the managing partner of Swanhorn LLC, a real estate holding company located in Kennesaw. Prior to Progressive Improvements, he worked as the operations manager of a national transportation company. He is a 1978 graduate of Riverside Military Academy and attended the University of West Georgia. He previously served on the Academy’s Board of Visitors, and he is committed and passionate about the welfare and future of Riverside. Mr. Horner lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Jane, and he has two adult children, Andrew and Allison.
  • Ernest T. Lopez III, ’84

    Ernest T. Lopez III is the Founder and President of Atlanta Paving and Concrete Construction, Inc., and the Ernest T. Lopez Company, LLC, both of which are located in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Lopez has more than 34 years of experience in the paving and concrete construction field, Ernie has grown Atlanta Paving and Concrete Construction, Inc. to be one of the premier providers of asphalt and concrete services in the state of Georgia and in the southeastern United States. In 2018, Mr. Lopez completed the acquisition of Dykes Paving to become a vertically integrated asphalt and material supplier in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Mr. Lopez is currently doing business in 26 states and more than 275 cities across the United States. He has even conducted operations in Canada and Ecuador, making Atlanta Paving and Concrete Construction, Inc. one of the few American asphalt companies that works internationally.
    A graduate of the Riverside Military Academy class of 1984, Mr. Lopez credits much of his business success to the RMA’s coaches and teachers who played a vital role in his development as a leader. Mr. Lopez serves on the Riverside Military Academy Board of Trustees as the Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee. 
    Mr. Lopez is married to Donna Lopez, and, together, they have six children and six grandchildren. Mr. Lopez is also the proud uncle to a nephew who attends Riverside Military Academy.
  • Whitney H. Owens, '79

    Mr. Whitney “Whit” Owens is a defense contractor with Calhoun International, LLC since 2016. He is currently the Program Manager for a contract providing support to the Army G2 in the Pentagon.

    Owens is a 1979 graduate of Riverside and a 1983 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. He was commissioned in the United States Army in 1983 and served as an Armor Officer in West Germany. He transferred to Military Intelligence in 1987 and was posted to Fort Meade, Maryland. Owens deployed with Headquarters, US Central Command for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and served on the J2 staff.

    Following the conflict, Owens served for two years in 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea. He completed his military career with assignments in the Defense Intelligence Agency after transitioning to the Army Reserve retiring in 2003. Following his military career, Owens was a Data Architect with Computer Associates where he rose to Director level in the North American Education division.

    In 2009, Owens returned to the defense industry as a contractor with SAIC and subsequently Leidos, Inc, supporting US Central Command in the role of Subject Matter Expert and Deputy Program Manager for large contract consisting of Prime and 17 subcontractors providing ~350 personnel to the Intelligence Directorate of the premier Warfighting Command in the Defense Department.

    In 2016 Owens became a Program Manager for Calhoun International and served in that capacity for a contract supporting the Army Intelligence and Security Command on Fort Meade, Maryland before taking over the contract supporting the G2.
    He served as Vice Chairman of the Riverside Board of Visitors since it’s inception in 2009 and now serves as the Chairman. He is proud to serve the Academy he credits with giving him the fundamental leadership skills that have made him successful.
  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Payne

  • Jonathan A. Pope, Esq.

    Jonathan A. Pope, Esq., is a partner of Hasty Pope LLP in Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. Pope’s areas of practice include civil trial practice in all state and federal courts specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, and automobile and semi-truck collisions. He says he was inspired to become a lawyer in part because his father, Judge Marion T. Pope, had Mr. Pope and his brother in courtrooms from an early age.

    Mr. Pope is a 1992 graduate of The Citadel with a bachelor of arts in political science. He had his first direct experience in law at The Citadel as part of the honor court, the court system of the school. He earned his Juris doctorate in 1995 from the Georgia State University College of Law.
    Mr. Pope has been named repeatedly to the Top 100 Attorneys in Georgia by the Atlanta Magazine Super Lawyers, and Georgia Super Lawyers. He was named to the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2013.  Georgia Trend Magazine named him one of Georgia’s 40 under 40 in 2004.

    He is president-elect of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, he was a two-term president of the State Bar of Georgia-Blue Ridge Circuit Bar Association, and is a member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association among numerous other professional organizations.

    Mr. Pope and his wife, Amy Nix Pope, are the parents of two children, Andrew Pope, and Caroline Pope.
  • Dr. William E. Russell

    Dr. William E. “Bill” Russell holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry from Ohio State University and has an extensive 20-year background in landscape pesticide research. Dr. Russell’s expertise includes past experience as regional director for a Fortune 100 firm and conducting research at many of the nation’s most prestigious golf courses and resorts, including Augusta National, Opryland U.S.A., Disneyland, PGA National, and Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club.

    In 1987, Dr. Russell founded Russell Landscape, LLC; a family-owned and managed commercial landscape company. During his time as CEO, Dr. Russell has been part of several boards of directors within his community, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Georgia Gwinnett College Board of Trustees, Gwinnett Health System Board of Directors, and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Russell has been honored with many awards, including the GBC 2003 Howard Allen Business of the Year Award, the GMC Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Man of the Year Award from Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association.

    In 2012, Dr. Russell was appointed to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board of Governors by Governor Nathan Deal. Dr.

    Russell also serves as president and CEO of Fundraisers Group Inc., an auction/fundraising company. He has raised over $20 million in charity auctions throughout the Southeast/Midwest as an auctioneer during the past 35 years. 

    ​Dr. Russell received the 2017 Gwinnett Chamber's Citizen of the Year Award.
  • James R. Van Arsdale, ’79

    James R. Van Arsdale has been employed by UBS AG since 2003. He is an Executive Director in UBS’ Global Wealth Management Division. During his tenure at UBS, Mr. Van Arsdale has occupied several sales and product management positions within the UBS Group including UBS Financial Services, UBS AG Private Bank, and UBS Bank USA. His work has focused on the high and ultra high net worth segments for both domestic and international clients. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Van Arsdale was a Senior Vice President in the Private Clients Division at Fleet Bank (now Bank of America). 

    Mr. Van Arsdale graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration from Kent State University. He is a graduate of Riverside Military Academy, rising through the ranks to Battalion Commander. Among other achievements during his time as a cadet, he was awarded Riverside Military Academy’s Sandy Beaver Medal of General Excellence. Mr. Van Arsdale served as a member of Riverside Military Academy’s Board of Visitors for three years prior to his election to the Board of Trustees.

    He serves as Mayor of Green Brook Township, NJ and was first elected to public office in 2018. Prior to that, he served for ten years on the Township’s Land Use Board. He has been appointed a Commander in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. Mr. Van Arsdale has served on several non-profit boards and as a Junior Achievement volunteer where he worked alongside teachers helping children learn about the merits of the free enterprise system.

    Mr. Van Arsdale lives with his wife and two adult children in Green Brook, New Jersey.
  • Andrew C. Zager, ’88

    Andrew serves as the Managing Director for Wealth Management and Financial Advisor at UBS. One of the first things he shares with new is that he attended Riverside Military Academy where he learned leadership and organizational skills that are the foundation of his business philosophy today. He is routinely listed as a Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor and has been named Barron’s Top 1,200 Wealth Advisor.  

    Prior to joining UBS, he held the position of financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. As a cadet at Riverside, he excelled in athletics, received numerous awards and medals, was named the battalion executive officer, and earned the rank of major his senior year. 

    Andrew is married to Rebecca Zager, and they have two adult children, Ethan and Rachel. The family resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Emeriti

    Lucile E. Beaver †

    Paul A. Gross, ’56

    O. Jon McRae

    Richard M. Nichols †

    LTC(R) Frederick J. Kennedy, ’64

  • Honorary Members

    Jerry B. Blackstock, ’62, (Posthumous)

    P. Alexander Fraser

    Howard A. Kalmenson, ’49

    Ira J. Middleberg, Esq., ’66

    Abraham A. Mitchell, ’52

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  • Board of Visitors

    The Riverside Preparatory Academy Board of Visitors (BOV) is comprised of alumni, former parents, community leaders, and friends of the Academy. The purpose of the BOV is to assist the President and the Board of Trustees in the achievement of the Academy mission. The BOV will offer the collective wisdom, advice, and counsel of the members toward the continual improvement of the educational environment at the school. The Board meets twice a year to receive briefs relative to all aspects of the Academy.
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