Sweeney bill would eliminate Rutgers board of trustees

TRENTON – The state’s top Senate lawmaker says “it’s time” to eliminate Rutgers University’s Board of Trustees and give power to the college’s other governing body.

Senate President Steve Sweeney told reporters “the last round of errors” at Rutgers University is proof that two governing boards is a cumbersome model. It’s why he recently introduced legislation that would dissolve the trustees and give authority to the university’s Board of Governors.

“You don’t need two boards,” Sweeney said after Monday’s Senate voting session.

“This dual board doesn’t make any sense at all,” he said. “It’s just too big.”

Sweeney’s bill, S2902 was introduced late last week.

Last year, lawmakers and Gov. Chris Christie agreed on a higher education merger that is slated to be underway by July 1.

Sweeney bill would eliminate Rutgers board of trustees