Former State Sen. Wayne Bryant was convicted of soliciting a bribe — a no-show job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey — in exchange for helping the school receive over $10 million from a state budget he influenced as Appropriations Committee Chairman. Bryant is awaiting sentencing pending his appeal. But despite his status as a convicted felon, he remains a member of a fairly prestigious club: the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni (HDA).
According to their website, the Hall of Distinguished Alumni “honors alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.” The Rutgers Office of Alumni Relations says there has been no discussion regarding the status of any of he 187 hall of famers. “There are no rules in place to examine the existing members of the HDA,” a representative of the alumni office told PolitickerNJ.com.
Members of the Rutgers HDA include former Governor/Chief Justice Richard Hughes, former U.S. Senator Clifford Case, former U.S. Senator Clifford Case, and former Vice President Garret Hobart.