Legislative hearing on Rutgers, Rowan merger

March 19, 2012 10:29:53 AM PDT
Administrators of two state universities that would be realigned in a merger proposed by Gov. Chris Christie have opposing views about the plan.

Rowan University Board of Trustees Chairman James Gruccio says the south Jersey college embraces the proposed merger as "the right thing for public higher education in New Jersey."

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett says the schools can increase research collaborations at a fraction of the cost of a forced merger.

Students, professors and administrators are telling New Jersey lawmakers what they think of the plan at a legislative hearing at Rowan in Glassboro.

Rowan would take over the Camden campus of Rutgers University, including its law school, under the plan. Rutgers would absorb parts of the scandal-tainted UMDNJ, gaining a medical school.

The proposal likely needs legislative approval.