Rutgers president holds press conference about resignation

President of Rutgers University Richard McCormick held a press conference about his resignation today.Within the last year, the university faced the suicide of freshman Tyler

NEW BRUNSWICK - President of Rutgers University Richard McCormick held a press conference about his resignation today.

Within the last year, the university faced the suicide of freshman Tyler Clementi in a cyber-bullying tragedy, and safety concerns that forced Rutgers Fest to be canceled for years to come.

McCormick says none of those incidents weighed in his decision to resign. McCormick says he'll devote his final year as president to raising money, ensuring the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and school of Public Health become part of Rutgers and that a referendum on higher education funding is put on the 2012 ballot.

McCormick will take a one year paid sabbatical then return to Rutgers as a history professor earning $335,000 a year, making him the highest paid professor on campus.

Gov. Christie released a statement on McCormick's retirement, which said, "I wish Dick McCormick well and I look forward to working with him over the course of the next academic year as we continue implementing the recommendations of the Kean Commission of Higher Education. I thank President McCormick for his service to the University as a whole and the state of New Jersey."

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: News conference on arrest in murder of 1 VIDEO: News conference on arrest in murder of Sarah Butler
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 2 New Jersey Weather Forecast
More than 1,000 runners dressed as Santa Claus 3 Santas run through Asbury Park for charity
Police: Teen student arrested for terror threats against 4 Police: Teen makes threats against Linden H.S. students
Andrew Ehinger shows off some gadgets that are 5 The Download - Hot for the Holidays: Part 2

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

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.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE