Office of the President
Making History Once Again
I have the honor of leading Rutgers University, founded in 1766 as one of America's earliest institutions of higher education, as it prepares to mark 250 years of innovation and opportunity. Rutgers has recently added medical, dental, and other health-related schools to an already comprehensive public research university, enriching our traditional strengths in the arts and sciences and in professional programs such as law and business. We have newly joined the Big Ten Conference, one of the most successful athletic conferences in the nation, and its academic consortium, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. At the same time, we are in the midst of a major capital construction program, funded in large part by a recent New Jersey bond act for higher education.
Striving to take full advantage of these historic developments, the University has created a bold, five-year strategic plan and a longer-term physical master plan to meet the challenge laid out for us by a state task force: “New Jersey should have the Rutgers of its dreams, ranking among the best research universities in the country, indeed the world.” With our dedicated faculty, staff, and alumni, Rutgers will achieve this ambition by creating exceptional learning environments for our students, providing outstanding clinical healthcare for our patients, and conducting transformational research in service to New Jersey and the world.