By Ry Rivard


Adrienne Eaton, the past president of the American Association of University Professors chapter at Rutgers, wondered if Barchi deserved a bonus for the state-mandated merger with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which may have been part of the reason Rutgers went with Barchi, a neurosurgeon, rather than a more traditional choice, she said.

“O.K., fine, it happened, the medical school,” Eaton said. “There were no major disasters — is that really the standard we are looking for?”
Other than that, faculty reaction appears generally muted.

Professors are simply too fed up to care, said Lisa Klein, the current AAUP president and a professor of materials science and engineering. She blamed not only campus politics but New Jersey politics and Washington politics, which, of course, have shut down the government and hindered scientific research nationwide.

“I just think everybody is so demoralized that whether the president got his bonus or not — they don’t really care,” Klein said.


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