Rutgers Vice President for Public Affairs Jeannine LaRue has announced she will retire from the post at the end of the month.
LaRue, who has held the post since 2007, will be succeeded in the position by Peter J. McDonough Jr., former communications director for Gov. Christie Whitman. McDonough is a professor at the Eagleton Institute for Politics at Rutgers.
The Rutgers Board of Governors approved McDonough this afternoon. He will start work on March 1.
According to a press release set to be issued by the university, McDonough will act as a “chief adviser to university President Richard L. McCormick, Rutgers governing boards and other university leaders on matters involving state, federal and local governments; New Jersey businesses; civic and community groups; and nonprofit organizations. He also will be responsible for developing and directing strategies for outreach and advocacy.”
During his 30 years in government, McDonough also has served as chief of staff in the state Department of the Treasury and executive director in the New Jersey General Assembly.
On the federal level, McDonough served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Dean A. Gallo of Morris County and as an associate staff member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.
Before coming to Rutgers, LaRue served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Jon Corzine. Prior to that she served 10 years as Sr. Vice President of Governmental Affairs for St. Barnabas Health Care system and was a lobbyist for the New Jersey Education Association.
She is a former Councilwoman in Winslow Township.