FARROW CONTINUES TO TAKE LEAD IN FIGHT AGAINST TAKEOVER OF RUTGERS CAMDEN
A few months ago, we reported that our own Tim Farrow has been an extremely active leader in the fight against the proposed takeover of Rutgers Camden by Rowan University first announced by Governor Christie on January 25. Since then, he and other leaders from Rutgers Camden have made significant progress in that fight, but the battle still continues. This past week was one of the most eventful of the past several months.
Although Farrow and the Rutgers family have remained steadfast in their opposition, they have also expressed a willingness to work with politicians on a compromise plan that would preserve Rutgers in South Jersey, but also give it more autonomy and allow for collaboration with Rowan. On Monday, proposed legislation was finally released, but the legislation is much closer to the original merger proposal than a compromise proposed by Rutgers’ leaders. It would completely remove Rutgers Camden from the rest of Rutgers University and create a joint board with Rowan University that would have overarching authority over the two schools.
Fortunately, last Wednesday Farrow and faculty leaders had the opportunity to present their case to the governing boards for Rutgers University, the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. The Boards then voted in favor of a Statement of Principles regarding any proposed restructuring of Rutgers, which is in stark contrast to the proposed legislation. They confirmed that although they would permit more autonomy for Rutgers Camden and collaboration with Rowan, they are committed to preserving
and enhancing the status of Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey as a world class, elite AAU
member research university, under the unified oversight and leadership of its campuses throughout
the State of New Jersey.
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