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.
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.

“I have known Dr. Strom for many years,” Barchi said. “He is an internationally recognized scholar and researcher, a distinguished educator and a proven academic administrator. His leadership will guide Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences during this unprecedented transition and establish RBHS as a model for research and education in the biomedical and health sciences.”

Strom will earn an annual base salary of $675,000 — or $25,000 more than the president, according to the chancellor’s hiring letter. Strom, 63, will also be eligible for an additional $101,250 in annual bonuses and an extra $40,000 a year in deferred compensation if he stays in the job at least five years.

The job also comes with other perks, including a two-bedroom apartment Rutgers will pay for while Strom looks for a house in New Jersey. Then, he will receive a $12,000-a- year housing allowance, along with a car and driver.

Though he will be earning more than Barchi, Rutgers officials said Strom is taking a pay cut to come to New Jersey. At the University of Pennsylvania, he earns an annual base salary of $688,000 in addition to $259,000 in bonuses, said E.J. Miranda, a Rutgers spokesman.


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