Governing Boards

  • 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—including chancellors overseeing Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences—and other members of the Rutgers community.

Additional Boards

  • 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.


Robert Barchi

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.