Rutgers’ unique history as a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university helped shape its current governance structure.
Leadership & Governance
Robert Barchi, 20th President of Rutgers
Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D., is the 20th president of Rutgers. A neuroscientist, medical neurologist, and seasoned academic administrator, Dr. Barchi came to Rutgers from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he served as president.
- The Board of Governors, created by state law in 1956, is the chief governing body of the university.
- The Board of Trustees, a governing body since the university’s founding in 1766, acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Governors and has certain fiduciary responsibilities.
- Rutgers’ president implements board policies with the help and advice of senior administrators and other members of the university community.
- Other boards include a Rowan University/Rutgers University–Camden Board of Governors, which provides joint oversight for any new health sciences programs to be created by either institution or by the two institutions collaboratively, and a Camden Board of Directors, subject to the authority of the Board of Governors.
Faculty’s Role in Governance
Faculty play a major role in guiding university policy and procedures through shared governance with the boards and senior administration.
- Rutgers University Senate
- New Brunswick Faculty Council
- Newark Faculty Council
- Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate
- Governing Boards of the University
- Board of Governors Membership Listing
- Board of Trustees Membership Listing
- Office of the President
- Office of the Secretary of the University
- Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel
- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Board of Managers
- Rutgers University Foundation Board of Overseers
- University Administrative Council
- University Custodian of Records
- University Policy Library
- Zimmerli Art Museum Board of Overseers