Governance and Leadership

Rutgers’ distinctive history as a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and the state university helped shape its current governance structure.

Governing Boards

Rutgers University is overseen by the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees. 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.

Meet the Chancellors

The four Rutgers chancellors report to the university president and implement strategic plans for each of their divisions.

Nancy Cantor
Nancy Cantor

Nancy Cantor is chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark. A distinguished leader in higher education, she is recognized nationally and internationally as an advocate for leveraging diversity in all its dimensions and reemphasizing the public mission of colleges and universities as engines of discovery, innovation, and social mobility. 

Antonio D. Tillis chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden
Antonio Tillis

Antonio D. Tillis is chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden. Prior to becoming chancellor in July 2021, Tillis was interim president of the University of Houston–Downtown. Also at the University of Houston, he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the largest of the 15 academic and professional colleges at the university.