In Reversal, UMDNJ Endorses Plan To Merge Parts Of School With Rutgers University

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The announcement marked a sudden reversal by UMDNJ, which had long opposed any move to combine the schools.

Officials for both schools would neither elaborate nor explain a joint statement issued by Rutgers president Richard McCormick or UMDNJ president William Owen Jr., which appeared to endorse a plan currently on the table to merge Rutgers with UMDNJ’s New Brunswick-Piscataway campuses.

Under the proposal, UMDNJ would be stripped of three key assets — the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey — and hand them over to Rutgers.

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