Sweeney’s Rutgers Board of Governors bulk-up bill to go before Senate

Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) Rutgers Board of Governors bill (S.1860) will go before the full Senate this afternoon.

Under the provisions of Sweeney’s bill, which would increase the number of board members from 15 to 19, the Governor of New Jersey would make four additional appointments to the Board of Governors at the state university, with one of the additional appointments made upon the recommendation of the Senate President and one upon the recommendation of the Speaker. 

Sweeney amended the bill after attorneys for the legislature said his initial proposal – which empowered the senate president and speaker to make their own appointments – might not stand up to a court challenge.

The amendments provide that one of the Governor appointees be a member of the board of trustees and an alumna or alumnus of the university.  The amendments also eliminate the requirement that the person recommended by the Senate President have medical expertise and provide instead that the person recommended be a member of the board of trustees.  The amendments retain the requirement that the person recommended by the Senate President be an alumna or alumnus of the university.

Under the bill, as amended, the Governor will appoint four additional members to the Board of Governors of Rutgers University as follows:

  • one with medical expertise;
  • one with medical expertise upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly;
  • one who is a member of the board of trustees and an alumna or alumnus of the university; and
  • one who is a member of the board of trustees and an alumna or alumnus of the university upon the recommendation of the President of the Senate.