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Rutgers’ governors board appoints interim university president, retains Izzo as chair

One torch was passed and another was held onto for an additional year at today’s meeting of Rutgers University’s board of governors.

One torch was passed and another was held onto for an additional year at today’s meeting of Rutgers University’s board of governors.

Richard L. McCormick was officially appointed president emeritus, as well as a professor of history and education, and Richard L. Edwards, interim executive vice president for academic affairs, was selected to begin his term as interim president beginning July 1.

Edwards, who has served in the academic affairs seat since July 1, will steer the university until Sept. 1, when President-elect Robert Barchi is finished with his duties as president of Thomas Jefferson Medical School.

McCormick thanked the board for the honorary title, and said leading Rutgers was one of the greatest thrills of his life. McCormick said he is looking forward to returning to the faculty.

The board of governors also elected the slate of officers for the board for 2012-13. Ralph Izzo, CEO of PSEG, was re-elected as chair.

Other items on the agenda included approving tenure and endowed chairs, sole source contracts and two development projects.

The board of governors approved parameters for a development in conjunction with New Brunswick Development Corp. and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary to add nearly six acres of land to the College Avenue campus.