Union officials want criminal probe after N.J. chastises Kean University over $250,000 table

By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

Officials in Kean University’s hometown are pushing for a criminal probe after state investigators found the school flouted the law and its own policies in buying a custom-made conference table in China for $250,000

Kean’s conduct in the matter went beyond simple oversight and negligence and instead was a “flagrant disregard of the law,” wrote Daniel Antonelli, attorney for Union Township in a letter dated Friday.…

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Bill to add political appointees to Rutgers board may be illegal, Legislature’s attorneys say

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — Legislation that would add four political appointees to the Rutgers University Board of Governors may not stand up in court, the state Legislature’s attorneys said today in a ruling that raises questions about the future of the controversial bill.

In a 12-page opinion sent to lawmakers, the state Office of Legislative Services said the proposed law has several potential legal problems and may be found to be “invalid” in court.…

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Rowan-Rutgers board hires politically connected CEO without search

Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers

The two-month-old joint board of Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden has quickly become a quasi-government entity that hopes to steer development toward Camden.

Forgoing a formal search, the board has hired a $275,000-a-year chief executive to guide expansion of an “eds and meds” corridor in Camden, using eminent domain, if needed.…

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Bill to add political appointees to Rutgers board approved by Senate committee

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — A controversial bill to add more political appointees to Rutgers University’s board of governors advanced in the state Senate today over the strong objections of university officials and the threat of a lawsuit.

The Senate Higher Education Committee voted 3-2 to approve the legislation proposed by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney.…

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Rutgers trustees call emergency meeting on bill to expand board of governors

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — The Rutgers Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting to discuss proposed legislation that would give Trenton lawmakers more power in selecting members of the university’s board of governors.

University officials sent out a public notice today announcing the hastily-convened trustees meeting will be held at noon Friday in Winants Hall on the New Brunswick campus.…

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Board named for Rowan, Rutgers-Camden partnership

By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer

CAMDEN The growth of Camden’s medical corridor and academic expansion through a Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University partnership moved forward Monday with a full governing board being appointed and given broad power to act quickly.

The creation of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors grew out of a 2012 legislative attempt – contentious at times – to merge the two campuses.…

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Rutgers board approves nursing school merger despite union objections

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University’s governing board approved the merger of its nursing schools today over the objections of union members who said the consolidation was poorly planned and could lead to layoffs.

The merger creates a new Rutgers School of Nursing, effective July 1. The school combines the Rutgers College of Nursing in Newark and New Brunswick with nursing programs in Newark that once belonged to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.…

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Does Rutgers need 2 governing boards? Task force appointed to consider overhaul

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University today named six alumni and board members to a task force that will study whether to overhaul the state university’s governance.

Rutgers officials said last month they would form a group to study ways to improve the university’s governing board system. The seven-member group will be headed by the Rev.…

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From the Ivy League to Rutgers: Brian Strom prepares to become health science chancellor

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — Just reading Brian Strom’s current job description is exhausting.

He is a University of Pennsylvania professor in four subject areas: public health and preventive medicine, biostatistics and epidemiology, medicine, and pharmacology. He also serves as an executive vice dean at the university’s medical school, where his duties include recruiting top faculty members.…

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Rutgers new health sciences chancellor $675K salary more than president makes

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

NEW BRUNSWICK — A former Ivy League colleague of Rutgers President Robert Barchi has been named the university’s first-ever health sciences chancellor — with an unprecedented salary that will pay him more than the president.
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Brian Strom, a medical doctor and longtime University of Pennsylvania administrator, will be the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Barchi announced today.…

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Oliver will not advance bill to dissolve Rutgers Board of Trustees

By Matt Friedman and Kelly Heyboer/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) said today she will not bring a measure to the Assembly floor — proposed by her Democratic legislative partner, Senate President Stephen Sweeney — that would disband the Rutgers University board of trustees.

“I don’t think that speaks to improving or retrofitting the governing structure,” Oliver said during an interview with The Star-Ledger editorial board.…

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