Integration will enable Rutgers to become a national powerhouse
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie’s vision to transform higher education across New Jersey cleared a major hurdle today, when Rutgers University’s two governing boards approved the transfer to Rutgers of most of the schools, centers and institutes that make up the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
After thoroughly reviewing the academic, financial and administrative implications of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act – which passed the Legislature with broad bipartisan support on June 28, and was signed into law by Gov. Christie on Aug. 22 – the Rutgers Board of Governors and Board of Trustees adopted resolutions to approve the changes proposed in the legislation.
Today’s historic votes, required under the 1956 law that established Rutgers as The State University of New Jersey, preserve and enhance Rutgers’ presence in Camden and extend the university’s presence in Newark, New Brunswick and Piscataway. The chairs of both Rutgers boards said integration will propel the university into the ranks of the nation’s elite institutions.
“Integration will finally give the people of New Jersey the comprehensive public research university that they deserve,” said Ralph Izzo, chairman of the Rutgers University Board of Governors. “The new Rutgers will expand biomedical research across our state, enhance medical care for our citizens, and create new opportunities in the biotechnical and pharmaceutical industries.”
“Today’s actions underscore the important role that the Rutgers governing boards play in the future of higher education in New Jersey,” said Dudley H. Rivers Jr., chairman of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. “Ultimately, the actions that we take today will make Rutgers a much stronger institution, better able to serve the educational and economic needs of the entire state for generations to come.”
Representatives of Rutgers and UMDNJ already serve on 13 integration teams to facilitate every aspect of the transition – from finance and information technology to academic and clinical programs, said Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi.
“The new Rutgers University will be able to bring together the world’s brightest minds, from virtually every academic discipline, to tackle many of our society’s most difficult challenges,” President Barchi said. “Our integration teams have been working together, thoroughly and productively, toward the creation of one outstanding university that will attract the finest faculty and students, as well as significantly greater financial support from the federal government and private donors. Today’s votes by the Rutgers Board of Governors and Board of Trustees are a welcome affirmation of these ongoing efforts.”
President Barchi, Chairman Izzo and Chairman Rivers also praised Gov. Christie, Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver for their leadership to improve higher education across New Jersey.
Integration takes full effect on July 1, 2013. On that date:
- Except for University Hospital in Newark and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, all of UMDNJ will become part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences also will include Rutgers’ Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy; the Rutgers College of Nursing; the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; and any other schools at the discretion of President Barchi.
- The Cancer Institute of New Jersey will be designated a separate institute within Rutgers University.
- The School of Osteopathic Medicine , located on UMDNJ’s Stratford campus, will be transferred to Rowan University, which will be designated a research university.
- University Hospital will become a freestanding institution with its own board of directors, and a financial firewall will be created so that the hospital’s losses will no longer be covered by academic operations. University Hospital will remain the principal teaching hospital for the Newark-based medical and dental schools. Its community mission will be preserved and an advisory board will be created to ensure that it meets that mission.
- The Camden Campus, headed by a chancellor appointed by Rutgers’ president, will have a Rutgers-Camden Board of Directors to provide general supervision of campus growth. A separate Rowan/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors will be created with responsibilities limited to new and expanded programs in the health sciences.
Board of Governors will be expanded from 11 to 15 members, with eight
appointed by the New Jersey governor and seven selected by the Rutgers
Board of Trustees.
More information about the integration of Rutgers and UMDNJ can be found here.
For more information about the governing boards, see the boards' fact sheet.
Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Serving nearly 60,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark and New Brunswick, Rutgers is one of only two New Jersey institutions represented in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
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