Sweeney Introduces Bill To Eliminate Rutgers Board Of Trustees

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney has introduced legislation that would eliminate the Board of Trustees at Rutgers University and place its powers within the Board of Governors.

“The current structure at Rutgers is simply not workable. We have seen proof of that in the last few months alone. There are too many people involved in leadership decisions. Not only does that complicate the process of getting things done at the University, but it also waters down accountability,” Sweeney said in a written statement.

“When things go wrong at Rutgers, as they have in many instances over the past several weeks and months, we get fingers pointing in a thousand different directions as to who can do what to solve the issue. That must end. The Board of Governors is more than capable of picking up the duties assigned to the Trustees. The school does not need an additional 80 people to be part of the decision making process,” Sweeney continued.

“Our state is overflowing with way too much government. Rutgers certainly falls into that category. We must eliminate redundant leadership positions to ensure a smoother, more efficiently run university. This bill will do just that,” the senate president concluded.

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