Statement by Richard L. McCormick, President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, on Today's Appointments by Governor Christie to Enhance Higher Education Across the State

Statement by Richard L. McCormick, President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, on Today's Appointments by Governor Christie to Enhance Higher Education Across the State

Read the news release from Governor Christie's website.

I commend Governor Christie for his continued commitment to higher education in New Jersey by making today’s appointments. These committees will provide the outstanding leadership necessary to create one of the nation’s finest systems of public higher education.

The medical education committee is strong, knowledgeable and experienced. Most important, it is composed of individuals with open minds who will surely fulfill the governor’s charge to identify and investigate how New Jersey would benefit from developing a world-class medical education system and the best ways to achieve that important goal.

We are particularly pleased that this committee has been charged with analyzing the proposal from the Kean Task Force to reunite Rutgers University with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As the task force report states: “New Jersey needs a clear vision of medical training and research for the 21st century. … Resolution of this serious matter for New Jersey is imperative. The question is not whether to act, but when. The answer is now.”

The Higher Education Council is composed of equally impressive individuals who will provide guidance to the governor as he strives to improve and enhance higher education throughout the state.

The strong leadership exhibited by Governor Christie today will ensure that New Jersey’s higher education system will continue to serve as an engine for economic prosperity for all of our state’s citizens.

 

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