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.