University merger plan gets a legislative hearing

Monday, March 19, 2012

Students, professors and alumni get to tell New Jersey lawmakers what they think of a plan to merge Rutgers and Rowan universities and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

A joint legislative hearing will be held at Rowan's main campus in Glassboro Monday.

Rowan would take over the Camden campus of Rutgers University, including its law school, under a plan announced by Gov. Chris Christie in January.

Rutgers would absorb parts of the scandal-tainted UMDNJ, gaining a medical school.

Many at Rutgers-Camden oppose the proposal.

Christie tangled with one detractor at a town hall event. The exchange ended with the governor calling the opponent, second-year law student William Brown, an idiot.

The plan likely needs legislative approval.

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