Who Should Be Rutgers Next President? Someone Who Prioritizes Carbon Neutrality, Staff Say

Catherine Carrera, North Jersey Record

The next president of Rutgers University should be someone willing to commit the school to carbon neutrality, according to staff and faculty who spoke at two recent town hall sessions that were part of the university’s process to choose a new leader.

“The number one priority for the next president of Rutgers is going to be to make Rutgers carbon neutral,” said Robert Scott, an associate professor in the anthropology department. “I really would like someone who says, ‘You know what, this is uncontroversial and this is what Rutgers needs to commit to.’ When it comes to carbon neutrality, we need that kind of leadership.”

Unionized staff who spoke at the town halls expressed displeasure that they have no representation on the search committee, and also said they wanted a new leader who would prioritize relationships with staff members.

Gregory Rusciano, the director of the Union of Rutgers Administrators, said he and the union members he represents want a new president with strong labor relations experience. Unionized staff who spoke at the town halls expressed displeasure that they have no representation on the search committee, and also said they wanted a new leader who would prioritize relationships with staff members.

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