The Rutgers University integration with most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is getting a $12.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to facilitate the integration.
The largest single gift that Rutgers has ever received from the foundation, it will fund: a university-wide strategic plan; recruiting academic and administrative leaders to help run the new Rutgers; consolidating complex systems in finance, human resources and information technology; a university-wide facilities master plan, and communicating information about the integration to the public, both within and outside New Jersey.
"To our knowledge, the integration of Rutgers and UMDNJ is among the largest ever undertaken in higher education," said Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi in a release. "Combining the outstanding health education offered by UMDNJ with Rutgers' many strengths in the arts, sciences, humanities and professional schools will create an academic powerhouse that will rank among the nation's finest research universities."
"The Rutgers-UMDNJ integration holds the promise of transforming Rutgers into a premier research and academic institution," said Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. She said the grant reflects the foundation's "commitment to supporting these educational and health care institutions, which are vital to the state's economy and the health and well-being of its residents, especially the most vulnerable."