Mr. Austin Ridoux

State Assemblyman Sean Kean joined interim Brookdale president David Stout on July 5 to swear in Austin Ridoux as the Brookdale Board of Trustees’ newest graduate trustee.

Ridoux, of Wall, graduated from Brookdale in May 2017 with a degree in business administration. This fall he will transfer to the Rutgers University Business School in New Brunswick, where he plans to double-major in marketing and philosophy with a concentration in sales.

He will serve a one-year term on the board of trustees, beginning with his first official meeting on July 18.

“I am honored,” said Ridoux. “I owe a huge debt to Brookdale because of everything it has done for me and my family. I hope to be able to repay this debt by serving on the board to the best of my abilities.”

A former Student Ambassador and a regular campus volunteer, Ridoux served as founding vice president of Brookdale’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, a personal and professional development program that has since grown into one of the largest student organizations on campus.

The 21-year-old is also the founder and creative director of Filtermark Media, a social media advertising company based in Monmouth County.

Despite his achievements, Ridoux said he didn’t arrive at Brookdale with a plan to conquer the world of business. Only a few years ago he was studying percussion performance at Michigan State University, pursuing a lifelong passion for music and the drums. Over time, however, finances and changing interests brought him back home to Monmouth County, where he began looking for a new start.

“Brookdale gave me a second chance at succeeding in my academics,” said Ridoux. “The teachers, faculty and students uplifted me when I first came to Brookdale, a point in my life when I needed uplifting the most.”

Now, as a member of the board of trustees, Ridoux says he hopes to use his experiences to help future students discover their own Brookdale success story.