To: NJIT Faculty, Students, and Staff
From: Robert A. Altenkirch, President
Date: October 22, 2002
Subject: Proposed configuration of research universities
It is appropriate for Governor McGreevey to note the value of the Rutgers name, and its emotional ties for its graduates and supporters. Rutgers, and its name, is a national symbol of New Jersey's excellence for its traditional strength in the arts and sciences, just as NJIT is a symbol of excellence within America's applied sciences, engineering, and technological education and research community.
The Governor also took the opportunity to reaffirm the Commission's objective in restructuring public higher education in the state: three distinct research campuses, each largely autonomous, within Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark. Each would report equally to a single Chancellor as proposed in the Commission's report to be located in Trenton. This substantive goal remains worth pursuing, and will continue to be discussed in the media for some time to come.
The question of what the Newark and other campuses will ultimately be called will evolve through the legislative and implementation process, and will include representatives of all major institutions participating in the restructuring, including NJIT. Although our focus during this process will remain on achieving the substantive goal of three separate, unique and largely autonomous universities, one with technological focus and expanded scope in Newark, we believe the new names should largely reflect the unique identity, focus and combined institutional heritage of the components of which they are configured.