Rutgers University President Robert Barchi will serve as the university’s president for another two years, extending a term that began in 2012, Rutgers University Board of Governors Chair Sandy Stewart announced Wednesday.
Barchi, who most recently earned a gross annual salary of $808,546, according to public records, accepted a request from the state university’s board of governors to sit on the post for another two years, Stewart said.
“Leading Rutgers has presented challenges both large and small. Together with a gifted faculty, a vibrant student body, a massive alumni association and a deeply talented and committed staff, we’ve met those challenges and discovered new opportunities,” Barchi said in a prepared statement. “I’m looking forward to making even more progress and achieving even greater things in the coming years.”
Since taking the post, Barchi oversaw the merger of Rutgers University and the Newark-based University of Medicine and Dentistry that formed the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences division; the university’s entrance into the Big 10 Conference, the 250th anniversary of the founding of Rutgers, whereby former President Barack Obama spoke as the commencement speaker; and the construction of the Rutgers Honors College, Sojourner Truth Apartments and Rutgers Academic Building, all at the New Brunswick campus.
Barchi, according to Stewart, “raised Rutgers’ academic profile and improved our reputation both nationally and in New Jersey.”
“He accomplished this while guiding the university and its students through some difficult times in our nation,” Stewart added.