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Rutgers-New Brunswick chancellor resigns

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Christopher Molloy has been named interim chancellor of the New Brunswick campus following the resignation of Debasish Dutta.
Christopher Molloy has been named interim chancellor of the New Brunswick campus following the resignation of Debasish Dutta. - ()

Rutgers University-New Brunswick Chancellor Debasish Dutta resigned Wednesday, a university official said.

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi sent an email to the campus community, commending Dutta for being chancellor for one year and for overseeing a “significant administrative restructuring of campus.”

Barchi said in the email that Christopher Molloy has been named interim chancellor of the New Brunswick campus. Molloy had been the senior vice president for research and economic development since December 2013 and was previously dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

Peter McDonough Jr., senior vice president for external affairs at Rutgers, said that Dutta “indicated that he chose to resign because his vision of the chancellorship is not in alignment with that of the university. Rutgers has a unique structure, both in statute and by tradition. It is unlike any other Big-10 or AAU university.”

The path toward choosing a permanent chancellor is yet to be determined, McDonough said.

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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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