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Lawmakers look at changing Rutgers board makeup

Local News | Jun 02, 2014

Lawmakers look at changing Rutgers board makeup

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University officials are planning to testify against a measure that would let New Jersey’s governor and lawmakers select more members of the university’s governing board.

The state Senate’s Higher Education Committee is planning to hold a hearing Monday on the proposal.

Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto are pushing to expand the board to 19 voting members from 15. Under their proposal, 10 members would be chosen by the governor, one by each of them and seven by Rutgers’ larger but less powerful Board of Trustees.

Currently, the governor chooses eight board members and the trustees pick seven.

The trustees chairwoman calls the proposal a “power grab.”