[…] The new president will take over at a complex time for the university. Rutgers officials are pushing to get their own medical school in a merger with part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Rutgers is also facing shrinking state funding, budget cuts and overcrowding. University officials are in an dispute with their unions, including faculty unions, over a pay freeze.

“I think that it’s going to be difficult to recruit a president until that … is resolved,” said Claudia Beckman, an associate professor of nursing and head of the union representing Rutgers-Newark faculty.


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