North Jersey legislators say Rutgers and state must pay for UMDNJ merger

By Kelly Heyboer and Jarrett Renshaw/Star-Ledger Staff

TRENTON — If Gov. Chris Christie wants to break up the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, both Rutgers University and the state are going to have to come up with some cash, according to a draft list of demands by North Jersey lawmakers.

The 12-page document circulating around Trenton this morning lays out the conditions that must be met before key legislators in Essex County and other parts of North Jersey will support the proposed restructuring of the state’s higher education system.

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Rutgers Restructuring: Behind Closed Doors

Two independent visions for Rutgers-Rowan — both developed in secret — are sure to keep the conflict and controversy going

By Tara Nurin

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) are working to introduce legislation next week that would retain Rutgers-Camden within Rutgers University, while establishing a joint governing board to share funds and fiduciary responsibilities between Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University.…

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Pet Relocation For Community College President Covered In N.J.

By Elise Young and Terrence Dopp

New Jersey’s Essex County College paid $680 to relocate the incoming president’s pet. The state’s Brookdale Community College reimbursed the now-retired president $41,000 for his childrens’ university tuition.
Governing boards at New Jersey’s community colleges agreed to augment presidents’ salaries with those perks in recent years, along with housing allowances, country-club memberships and airfare for spouses to travel to conventions, according to a report yesterday by state Comptroller Matthew Boxer.…

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Report: Controls needed on pay of N.J. county college presidents


New Jersey’s two-year public colleges need to rein in their practice of wooing their presidents with high salaries and benefits including unchecked expense accounts, free housing, and country-club memberships, State Comptroller A. Matthew Boxer said in a report released Wednesday.

“There are no state standards or guidelines for college trustees to rely on when setting compensation terms for their president,” Boxer said in a statement.…

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