Robert Barchi with New Jersey’s new governor Phil Murphy

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Photography: 
Nick Romanenko

When New Jersey’s new governor, Phil Murphy, gave his 100th-day-in-office speech, he chose Rutgers as the venue because he wanted to signal the importance  of higher education—and The State University in particular—to the future of the state. He said, “Rutgers University is where so many of the next generation are learning and leading.”

He’s right! And Rutgers is fully embracing its role in advancing New Jersey’s prosperity.

Of course, major components of Rutgers are by their nature devoted to helping New Jersey reach its highest potential—the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Graduate School of Education, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, and John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, to name just a few. We’re building on these longstanding commitments to give New Jersey new avenues for growth.

Rutgers University–Newark has been at the heart of the state’s bid to bring Amazon’s second headquarters and tens of thousands of jobs to our largest city. Rutgers University–New Brunswick recently hosted a meeting of leaders from government, business, Rutgers, labor, and research to hear Governor Murphy’s vision for an innovation hub in New Brunswick to support technology and life sciences research and start-ups. And Rutgers University–Camden has partnered with Rowan University and Camden County College on a Joint Health Sciences Center that will continue the growth of “eds and meds” in South Jersey.

We’re all in when it comes to improving health and health care. For example, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is partnering with RWJBarnabas Health to develop an academic health care system that will provide world-class care to people across the state. We are also looking to expand on the work of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, to reach more patients with the very best research, treatment, and prevention.

Rutgers is deeply committed to partnerships that are reinvigorating our host cities. You see that commitment in the Express Newark arts incubator conceived and championed by Rutgers–Newark; in the performing arts center rising in downtown New Brunswick, a multipartner project that includes Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers–New Brunswick; and in Rutgers–Camden’s leadership role in the Camden Higher Education and Healthcare Task Force, which unites the city’s anchor institutions as primary drivers for revitalization.

New Jersey has its challenges, but it also has enormous opportunities for national leadership—and Rutgers is, more than ever, one of its most valuable resources.