On the heels of the recent historic transformation of Rutgers, Board of Governors Chair Gerald C. Harvey Thursday announced the creation of a task force to take a comprehensive look at the university’s governance structure.
Harvey made the announcement together with Dorothy Cantor, chair of the Board of Trustees. Harvey said the transformation brought about by the integration with the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on July 1, presented a timely opportunity to take a look at the best practices of governance for Rutgers.
The task force will work closely with President Robert L. Barchi and will consider whether there are ways to improve accountability and performance across the university. Read Harvey’s full statement.
Harvey made the announcement during the Board of Governors annual budget meeting. The board took the following additional actions Thursday:
Tuition and Fees
The Board established tuition, fee, and room and board rates for the 2013-14 academic year. Total charges for a typical, in-state, Arts and Science undergraduate living on campus will rise by 2.4 percent under the board-approved plan.
Rutgers’ tuition and fee increases for the fall are driven by increasing expenditures and moderated by state funding, which is scheduled to remain unchanged. The increases are comparable to those announced at other major public research universities in the region, including the University of Maryland (3 percent tuition increase), Stony Brook University (5.4 percent tuition increase), Temple University (3.6 percent tuition/fee increase), and the University of Virginia (3.8 percent tuition/fee increase).
To further ensure that Rutgers remains accessible to all qualified New Jersey residents, the board allocated an additional $3 million in university funds for student financial aid, bringing the total Rutgers Assistance Grant (RAG) budget to $30.5 million. Read full release.
Welcoming New Members to the Board of Governors
Lora L. Fong inducted as Charter Trustee
A member of Rutgers’ Board of Trustees and an alumna, Fong is a senior executive with DiversityInc, where she is general counsel and senior vice president. Her six-year term runs through June 2017. The Edison resident is a 1979 graduate of Douglass College and earned her law degree in 1991 from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Prior to her legal and corporate careers, Fong was a research associate at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics and Center for American Women and Politics. Read full release.
Margaret T. Derrick named Trustee Governor
A two-time vice chair of Rutgers’ Board of Trustees and an alumna, Derrick is retired from her position as senior counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of New Jersey, Cedar Knolls. Her six-year term runs through June 2018. A resident of Upper Montclair, Derrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1971 from the Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences. Read full release.
Dudley H. Rivers Jr. named Trustee Governor
Past chair of Rutgers’ Board of Trustees and an alumnus, Rivers will succeed Daniel H. Schulman. His term runs through June 2019. A resident of West Windsor, N.J., Rivers was a Henry Rutgers Scholar and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1982 from Rutgers College. He is the finance director with Global Financial Service at Johnson & Johnson corporate headquarters in New Brunswick. Read full release.
New Degree Program in Health Outcomes, Policy and Economics
The board approved the creation of a new Master of Science degree program in Health Outcomes, Policy and Economics. The degree will be awarded jointly by the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health. The program responds to industry needs and increased demand for trained professionals to conduct and evaluate research in this emerging field.
Remembering Alan Rosenthal