The following are news and developments from the June 15, 2017, Rutgers Board of Governors meeting:Greg Brown Led Rutgers Board During Transformative Years
Greg Brown, a Rutgers alumnus who helped lead the university through one of the most transformative periods in its 250-year history, leaves a legacy of service and philanthropy that will last for decades as he departs as chair of the Board of Governors this month. Brown began serving as chair of the board on July 1, 2014, the same day Rutgers officially joined the Big Ten. During his seven years as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors, he has helped shepherd the university through its merger with the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, its 250th anniversary celebration, significant fundraising campaigns, and the selection of a new president and four chancellors. Read the full release.
Rutgers Board of Governors Elects New Leaders
The Board of Governors selected two business leaders with strong ties to the university as the new leaders of the governing body. Sandy J. Stewart, the current vice chair of the board and a highly respected biotech industry entrepreneur and scientist, was elected to serve as chair. Mark A. Angelson, a 2014 gubernatorial appointee to the board, was elected to serve as board vice chair. He brings experience in law, business, government and international education. The two men will assume their new posts on July 1. Read the full release.
New Brunswick Chancellor Richard L. Edwards Named University Professor
Richard L. Edwards, chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, former interim president of the university and former dean of the School of Social Work at Rutgers, was appointed University Professor by the Board of Governors effective July 1. Edwards came to Rutgers as dean of the School of Social Work in 2005 after a long career as a social work scholar and academic administrator. One of Edwards’ signature achievements as chancellor came in November with the release of research that revealed an untold history of some of Rutgers’ founders as slave owners and the displacement of the Native Americans who once occupied land that was later transferred to the college. Edwards’ announced in September that he would be stepping down from his post as chancellor. Read the full release.
James W. Hughes Named University Professor
James W. Hughes, who is stepping down as dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy after 22 years, was named a university professor by the Board of Governors. A nationally known expert on demographics, housing and regional economics and a prolific author of books and articles, Hughes will continue his teaching and scholarly pursuits at Rutgers. As dean, Hughes helped elevate the Bloustein School into a leading center of public policy and planning, addressing crucial urban planning, public health and public policy issues through academic research and preparing future leaders in the field. Read the full release.
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