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A Message from Rowan University’s President Ali Houshmand

Glassboro, NJ, July 2, 2013 — Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand has sent the following message regarding the July 1 integration of the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) in Stratford with Rowan.

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Dear Friends of Rowan University:

Today was one of the most important days in the history of Rowan University.  This morning, we officially integrated the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) in Stratford with Rowan University.  The ceremony in Stratford was a great event, and it heralds great change for Rowan University.

Many months in the making, the integration was made possible by the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act approved by State legislators and signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie last August.

By combining our existing University with the Stratford campus, the legislation makes Rowan just the second school in the nation that grants both M.D. (Cooper Medical School of Rowan University) and D.O. (Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine) degrees.  And it brings to our University close to 650 additional medical students and nearly 190 GSBS students.

That Restructuring Act also grants Rowan State public comprehensive research institution status and partners us with Rutgers-Camden to create a College of Health Sciences in Camden.  Research institution status will open many doors — for expanded research, for new funding and for more partnerships that benefit regional businesses and South Jersey.  The College of Health Sciences will provide educational opportunities in diverse fields for which students currently often leave the State, and it will help improve health care in this area.

Rowan also anticipates major changes thanks to $118 million from the State of New Jersey, primarily from the recent $750 million Building Our Future Bond Act, a referendum approved by New Jersey voters last fall.  That funding, among other initiatives, will enable the University to construct new buildings for and double enrollment in the Rohrer College of Business and the College of Engineering as well to upgrade technology essential for growth, create an estimated 500 construction jobs and contribute to the regional economy.

Today was transformational.  Thank you to the administrators, faculty, staff, students and friends at our Glassboro, Camden and Stratford campuses for making the day such as success. We have much work ahead of us, and I trust that together we will continue to build higher education, research and outreach in South Jersey.

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand

P.S. To learn more about how the Restructuring Act benefits Rowan University, higher education, health care and South Jersey visit www.rowan.edu/impact.  Listen to a podcast of the event here