Rutgers Board Will Vote To Give Outgoing President McCormick 'Emeritus' Title

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Rutgers University’s governing board will vote today to give outgoing President Richard McCormick a new job and a parting gift — the title "president emeritus."

McCormick, who steps down at the end of the month after nearly a decade in office, will get the honorary emeritus title during his final meeting with the Rutgers Board of Governors in New Brunswick, campus officials said Tuesday. The board is also expected to vote to give McCormick a rare joint appointment as a professor of history and education, allowing him to teach in both fields next year after he returns to campus after a yearlong, paid sabbatical.

University officials previously announced McCormick will earn $335,000 a year in his new teaching post, honoring a clause in his decade-old hiring agreement that guaranteed he would be the highest-paid professor at Rutgers if he returned to the classroom at the end of his presidency.

Richard Edwards, the university’s executive vice president of academic affairs, is scheduled to be named Rutgers’ interim president during today’s 1 p.m. board meeting as the school awaits the arrival of new president Robert Barchi.

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