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Rather Than Abolish Rutgers Board, A Plan To Study School’s Governing Structure Taking Hold

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By David Madden

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – A fast tracked effort to do away with the Board of Trustees at Rutgers never did come up for a vote in the New Jersey legislature yesterday, as some at the school had feared. But now there’s a move afoot to consider the idea in a more deliberative fashion.

The original plan, introduced by Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday, would turn over control of Rutgers to their Board of Governors exclusively and with virtually no public input or debate.

Perth Amboy Assemblyman John Wisniewski’s plan would set up a nine-member commission, comprised of all parties involved, to recommend any changes to the governance structure.

“The other legislation that would abolish the Board of Trustees, was premised on an argument that the existing governing structure needs to be improved and updated. And while that may be true, no one can claim with any certainty, that the solution is abolishing the Board of Trustees.”

His measure has been sent to an Assembly Committee. Rutgers has vowed to take any change in its governing structure to court.

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