Michael and Christine Tiedemann President's Award for Distinguished Service
Michael B.B.A. '89 and Christine Tiedemann


Adelphi University trustee and alumnus, Michael Tiedemann, B.B.A. ‘89, and his wife Christine, explain why Adelphi is the perfect university to obtain an education. You can find great success if you work hard and find the right institution to help you realize your goals and dreams.

Michael’s career path is proof of that statement. After graduating from Adelphi, he began his career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan. While working full time, he earned his M.B.A. from Fordham University in 1994. He was promoted from vice president of Equity Syndicate to managing director of Equity Capital Markets in 2001. In 2009, after 19 years at J.P. Morgan, Michael moved to Wells Fargo Securities, where he continues as managing director in Equity Capital Markets, covering the energy, power and industrials sectors. Working beside many colleagues with degrees from Ivy League institutions, Michael demonstrates that a quality education does not need to come with an expensive price tag. A university that is relentlessly dedicated to student success, coupled with a strong personal work ethic, are the necessary components a graduate requires to build a thriving career.

Michael and Christine are ardent supporters of Adelphi, and their hope is to share its mission to foster the academic success of current and future Panthers. With his leadership roles at the university, initially on the President’s Advisory Council and now as a member of the board of trustees, Michael is focused on building the university’s enrollment and reputation, both nationally and globally. In addition to giving their time and generosity, the Tiedemanns have established an endowed scholarship at the university, to help make Adelphi’s world-class education even more affordable and attainable to students.

Both native Long Islanders, Christine and Michael settled in Garden City in 1997. They have enjoyed raising their family and creating friendships in what they feel is a very special village. The Tiedemanns are committed to assisting their community through various organizations. Christine, a graduate of Hofstra University, B.B.A. ‘90, and a New York State certified health coach, dedicates her time and expertise at a number of local nonprofit and charitable organizations, including the Interfaith Nutrition Network, Child Abuse Prevention Services, and the Garden City Service League of Boys, where she is the vice president of philanthropy. She has served on various committees and has been a member of the Garden City PTA since 2005. Both Michael and Christine were active members in the Chaminade Parents Club, as well as generous benefactors of the new state-of-the-art Dolan Family STEM Center at Chaminade High School. Michael has also been president of the Garden City Central Property Owners Association.

The organization in which the Tiedemann family is most passionately involved is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). They have worked tirelessly to raise both funds and awareness through their philanthropic efforts, community education and involvement. Both of their children serve as JDRF youth ambassadors, assisting in peer education, fundraising and legislation regarding type 1 diabetes and healthcare coverage.

With one child in college and the other in high school, conversations at home naturally lean toward higher education and future plans. Michael and Christine offer them the same advice that led Michael to Adelphi: The best college is the one that is committed to you, and to helping you define your ambitions and achieve your dreams. Through the Tiedemann Family Scholarship, they hope to help others find their best college at Adelphi.