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Rutgers President Robert Barchi Plans to Stay Beyond 5-Year Commitment

Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.

New Brunswick, NJ, September 25, 2016 ― Adam Clark reports in The Star-Ledger that when Rutgers University lured Robert Barchi, M.D., Ph.D. out of retirement to become its president in 2012, he told reporters he was making at least a five-year commitment to the university.

Now, in the midst of his fifth year at the helm of Rutgers, the 70-year-old is happier than ever with the state of the university and feels more energized than he has any point in his tenure, he told NJ Advance Media in an interview Wednesday.

“As of right now, I have no intention of stepping down this year,” Dr. Barchi said. “As long as I think we are on a positive trajectory… I am willing to continue in the job for a while.”

Instead of a contract, Barchi has a hiring agreement with the Rutgers Board of Governors that includes no specific end date. The lucrative deal ends only when Barchi resigns or the board terminates it.

In 2012, Rutgers tapped Barchi, an Ivy League-educated physician and former president of Thomas Jefferson University, for his medical and administrative expertise as it prepared to merge with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Aside from the Rutgers-UMDNJ integration, the largest higher education merger in American history, Dr. Barchi’s term has been marked by the university’s entrance into the Big Ten Conference, a $1 billion fundraising campaign and a makeover of the College Avenue campus in New Brunswick.

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