Rutgers President Calls Rowan Report On Merger 'Truly Offensive And Enraging'

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The president of Rutgers University, Richard McCormick, sharply criticized a report advising Rowan University how to market a takeover of Rutgers-Camden to a wary public, calling it "truly offensive and enraging" in an e-mail message The Star-Ledger obtained today.

McCormick described Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to merge the two campuses as a "disappointment," and said he and other university officials have repeatedly urged the administration to consider alternatives, but the suggestions have gone unheeded, according to the e-mail.

Commissioned months before Christie unveiled the proposed reorganization, the report sought by Rowan advises officials to turn a deaf ear to likely critics and move swiftly to meet the governor’s tight deadline of July 1. In the end, the critics would have no choice but to climb on board, the consultants’ report says.

"The attached report is truly offensive and enraging," McCormick wrote Monday in the e-mail. "I never saw the report or was aware it was being written, or even heard of its existence."

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