Rutgers announces town halls for University input in presidential search



The University’s presidential search committee will be holding a town hall at the Livingston Student Center this Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., the committee announced in a University-wide email late last week. 

Similar events will be held at the Newark and Camden campuses within the next couple of weeks as well, according to the email. 

“We encourage you to participate in the search process by providing your thoughts on the characteristics and skills you believe are necessary to lead this University into the future, as well as the opportunities and challenges of the position,” the email stated. 

Students, faculty, staff and alumni who wish to speak must register no later than noon the day of the event, according to the email. Thoughts on the characteristics of the next president can also be sent to

The committee aims to have a new president announced by early 2020, according to its website. Its student members serve the purpose of voicing the sentiment they hear from the student body.

“The student members of the committee will be listening carefully to their peers, at town hall meetings and otherwise, and will ensure that those voices are heard throughout the search process," said a University spokesperson.   

Along with listening to University-wide input, The Daily Targum reported on Friday that the University is paying $165,000 to have a consulting firm, R. William Funk & Associates, to help with the search, as they did for the committee that hired University President Robert L. Barchi, who is stepping down to become a professor in June 2020.

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