Lawsuits threatened over planned merger between Rowan and Rutgers-Camden

EILEEN STILWELL, Courier-Post Staff

A plan to roll Rutgers-Camden and Rowan into a single university under the Rowan banner could produce a barrage of lawsuits from Rutgers faculty, according to a union leader at the Camden campus.

“We are very much outraged by this proposal for many reasons. We think it’s fraudulent for one nonprofit, as in Rutgers, to dispose of its assets to another nonprofit, i.e. Rowan,” said Janet Golden, a professor of history at Rutgers-Camden.

“We also believe it’s illegal because everyone here with tenure is protected. Lots of lawsuits will follow because professors are granted tenure exclusively to Rutgers,” said Golden, a member of the executive committee of the American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers.