What would you ask the new Rutgers president?

    Dr. Robert Barchi was named the 20th president of Rutgers University on Tuesday by the university’s board of governors.

    If you could ask Dr. Robert Barchi one question about Rutgers and the overall higher education system in New Jersey, what would it be?

    Tell us in the comments below.

    Barchi, who is currently serving as the president of Thomas Jefferson University, takes the position at Rutgers following the retirement of Richard McCormick.

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    Five of the biggest issues he faces coming in are:

    Proposed Rutgers-Rowan merger
    Tuition increases
    State aid and funding
    Academic reputation

    What would you add to the list?

    Before serving as the president of Thomas Jefferson, Barchi served as provost of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was chief academic officer, overseeing the university’s schools, athletic and academic programs, along with its students and faculty.

    “Robert Barchi combines the key qualifications that are necessary to serve as the next president of Rutgers,” said Ralph Izzo, chair of the board of governors, in a statement, “a successful tenure leading a highly regarded health sciences university; years of experience as the chief academic administrator of a world-class comprehensive research university; and a stellar reputation as a scientific researcher and an award-winning educator.”

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