New president of Rutgers University named

NEW BRUNSWICK - Robert Barchi is set to become the 20th president of Rutgers. He will be the first medical doctor to hold the position.

Dr. Barchi is a neurologist with a long academic history. He grew up in the Westfield and Trenton areas and says he wants New Jersey's university to earn more respect for its research and education.

Barchi is set to take over just as Gov. Chris Christie wants Rutgers to establish a medical school. Christie also wants to merge Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University. Christie wants the merger approved by July, two months before Barchi starts the job. Barchi is resigning as president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia to accept the $650,000-per-year position at Rutgers.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

From left to right: New Jersey State Trooper 1 New Jersey state troopers help deliver baby on I-287
Ruben Mondalto was able to wander away from 2 Toddler wanders away from Sayreville day care
The Pascack Valley High School girls lacrosse team 3 HS lacrosse team 'adopts' 8-year-old fighting brain cancer
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 4 New Jersey Weather Forecast
Sea Cliff's Troy Ramey was voted off 'The 5 Elisa's Entertainment for 4/26

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.