Rutgers University Boards Approve Integration with UMDNJ

Rutgers University Boards Approve Integration with UMDNJ

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
    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.
  • The Rutgers
    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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