Rutgers University Student Assembly President Suzanne Link objects to the lack of student input and lack of transparency by which Christopher Molloy was appointed as chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi appointed Molloy effective Feb. 6. He was previously appointed interim chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick after Chancellor Debasish Dutta resigned in July 2018.
“I want to be very clear in communicating that my deep disapproval is not in response to Dr. Molloy’s leadership,” Link wrote in a letter addressed to the Rutgers community. “My meetings with him have been largely positive experiences. My true discontent, however, is with the lack of regard for procedural justice that has been demonstrated by this appointment method.”
“This is not only a student voice issue,” Link wrote. “This is a fundamental transparency issue.”
“Those in positions of leadership and authority have a responsibility to lead by example and model the values of the institutions they represent through their actions and decisions,” Link wrote. “The appointment of the second most powerful administrator at Rutgers University–New Brunswick without student input sets a precedent that I consider to be counter to the culture of inclusivity which the University so openly boasts.”
“Few people are as familiar to the Rutgers community, including the students, faculty, and alumni, as Chris Molloy,” a Rutgers University spokesperson told NJBIZ. “The chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick reports directly to the president. President Barchi consulted with members of the governing boards and other leaders across the university about his decision and his confidence in Dr. Molloy.”
“We all look forward to Dr. Molloy’s continued leadership at the New Brunswick campus,” she added.