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Pritchett Prepares to Step Down as Rutgers-Camden Chancellor

(Wendell Pritchett at a Rutgers-Camden event in 2011.  File photo by Karin Phillips)

(Wendell Pritchett at a Rutgers-Camden event in 2011. File photo by Karin Phillips)

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By Mike DeNardo

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — The chancellor at the Camden campus of Rutgers University has announced that he is stepping down after this academic year.

Wendell Pritchett made the announcement this morning at a faculty breakfast that he’ll be returning to the Rutgers-Camden faculty next July.

Pritchett says in his four-plus years as chancellor, enrollment grew from 5,600 to 6,800, and he’s most proud of graduating a record 1,500 students last May — all while establishing deeper roots in Camden.

“We’ve built several new buildings,” he said today.  “We’ve renovated a significant number of buildings on Cooper Street, which is the main spine of the campus at this point.  So I think we have expanded our profile physically.  But I think, more importantly, we’ve expanded our profile in the community in connection to the city of Camden.”

He says last year’s successful effort to fight a proposed merger with Rowan University brought the Rutgers-Camden campus together.

Pritchett also serves on Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission (see related story) and a member of the board of trustees at Cooper University Hospital.

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