The Board of Governors and Board of Trustees of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey announced today that Richard L. McCormick has been chosen as the university's next president. Dr. McCormick, who is currently President of the University of Washington, will take office on December 1, 2002.
Richard McCormick embodies the qualities that Rutgers is looking for in its next leader. He is an individual of national stature and accomplishment who is ready to engage Rutgers' community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. He is a capable leader who will be a powerful voice for higher education not only on campus, but at the state and national levels as well. In his appointment we have fulfilled the most important objective of the search, which was to find the very best leader for this institution.
Richard L. McCormick replaces acting president Norman Samuels who the Board of Governors appointed on October 3 to replace Francis L. Lawrence. The board appreciates Dr. Samuels' dedication and his willingness to serve as acting president of the university during this period. The Rutgers community will continue to benefit from his astute guidance as we prepare over the next several weeks for a transition in university leadership.
Finally, the board also thanks the members of the Presidential Search Committee who spent many months reviewing more than 200 nominations and applications and interviewing candidates. We are indebted to the members for their service. I extend my heartfelt thanks to each committee member for a job well done, especially John Colaizzi who served as chair and did an outstanding job.
This is a momentous day for Rutgers. As a university community, we have chosen an outstanding new president. We believe that Richard McCormick is the right choice to lead this historic institution into the future. I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating him and welcoming him back to his home state of New Jersey and to Rutgers.
Chairman of the Board of Governors