University Operating Status

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. 

Margaret Marsh
Margaret Marsh

Margaret Marsh, a Rutgers University–Camden alumna, will begin serving as interim chancellor of Rutgers–Camden on July 1. Marsh, a professor of history, previously filled the interim chancellor role from 2007–2009. She also served as dean of the Rutgers–Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1998–2007 and again from 2009–2011.