Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a dramatic restructuring of New Jersey’s university system Wednesday that would break up the state’s medical university while creating a major new public research campus at Rowan University in South Jersey.
The plan, recommended by a special governor’s task force, would remake — and rename — the Newark-based University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
At the same time, Rowan — a once sleepy state college in Gloucester County — would gain stature, essentially taking over the Camden campus of Rutgers University, including its law school.
Christie framed the reorganization as crucial to economic and job growth in already successful pharmaceutical and biomedical industries in the state.