Search Process

Search Process

The Board of Governors, acting with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees, is authorized by New Jersey law (The 1956 Rutgers Act—N.J.S.A. 18A:65-31) to appoint the president of Rutgers University. The search and selection procedure that the university followed was consistent with the current practices of peer institutions across the nation and was intended to encourage input from the entire university community.

The university community had opportunities to recommend attributes and qualifications desired in the next president through public forums and by emailing. Members of the Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Overseers, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the larger university community were invited to nominate candidates for the position of president for consideration by the Presidential Search Committee.

As chair of the Board of Governors, Dr. Ralph Izzo selected the individuals to serve on the Presidential Search Committee following the criteria described here. The committee was charged with identifying and screening presidential candidates before presenting to the Board of Governors the names of at least five candidates, in unranked order, who best emboded the preferred characteristics of the president of the university.

The Board of Governors, assisted by some members of the Board of Trustees, considered the final slate of candidates presented by the Presidential Search Committee. The Board of Governors determined which candidate should be appointed president, and sought the advice and consent of the full Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees consented to the recommended selection and the candidate was formally appointed as president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.