Barchi says Rutgers’ three campuses will be treated equally

TRENTON – Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said Thursday he will “absolutely” have budgetary information regarding the merger costs at Rutgers University as it seeks to create a health sciences college.

When Assembly Budget Chairman Vincent Prieto, (D-32),  Secaucus, asked Barchi if the university intends to fund the three campuses – New Brunswick, Newark and Camden – equally, Barchi responded, “That’s absolutely what my attention is.”

He then elaborated that he is looking for an “equitable” and “agreed upon way to divide resources that treats each campus the same.”

“Everyone gets treated equitably,” he said.  

Much of the line of question focused on the Newark campus, where officials there have accused the university’s central office of shortchanging it.

But Barchi said there’s no intention of removing the graduate program from its Newark campus, contrary to what some of the legislators had heard.

“It was amazing for me to hear that report, as it was for you,” he said. “You cannot have a research university without a graduate program. We have no intention of stripping its graduate program.

He sought to assure lawmakers that Rutgers is on target to meet the July 1 deadline set under the Restructuring Act to integrate the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into Rutgers as well.