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June 27, 2013

Legislation Will Eliminate Rutgers Board of Trustees

Dear Douglass Alumnae,

As you may know, legislation was introduced into the New Jersey Assembly earlier this week which would eliminate the Rutgers Board of Trustees and alter the composition of the Board of Governors. Although this is taking place in New Jersey, we are informing all alumnae. The complete bill can be found here.

The Rutgers University Board of Trustees is one of the two governing bodies of Rutgers University.

In 1956, a contract between the state and the Board of Trustees fully and formally established Rutgers as The State University of New Jersey. This legally binding contract created the Rutgers University Board of Governors as the university’s primary governing body.The 59-member Board of Trustees retained the following authority and responsibilities:

  • Acting in an overall advisory capacity to the Board of Governors and the university administration.
  • Control of university property and funds that were part of Rutgers as of Aug. 31, 1956 (when it became the state university).
  • Appointment of five Trustees to the Board of Governors.
  • Membership on Board of Governors committees.

This statement regarding the legislation was issued last night by Rutgers University: “It is clear, after reviewing the text of the legislation, that it would violate the legislative contract contained in the Rutgers Act. Clearly, any changes to the governance of the University should be the product of a deliberative and considered process that involves stakeholders from the University.”

Legislative action may be taken as early as today.We strongly encourage you to contact your local legislators, legislative leaders and the Governor directly by e-mail, phone, or text to ask them not to  support the proposed legislation to eliminate the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. You can use this link to send a message.

Click here for the link from Rutgers calling for action.

Please pass this along to your classmates, roommates, friends from Douglass and Rutgers so that their legislators hear their voices as well.

Thank you for your action and your concern!

Tina B. Gordon ’72

President, Board of Directors

Associate Alumnae of Douglass College

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