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Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors Names Chief Executive Officer

The Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors has approved Kris Kolluri as Chief Executive Officer to oversee the day-to-day operations of the program. The Board’s approval was made during its regularly scheduled meeting today at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.  During the same meeting, the Board also approved a resolution to formally solicit proposals from Rowan and Rutgers-Camden for a collaborative instructional and research initiative.

Kolluri has more than a decade of experience in service to New Jersey. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Commissioner of Transportation for the State. As Commissioner, he oversaw the consolidation of New Jersey’s primary transportation agencies – including 17,000 employees and $2 billion in operating funds – to bring about operational efficiencies. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey School Development Agency and as Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and almost a decade of experience working in the U.S. Congress as a staff member.

“With so many high priorities facing the Board – from developing an initial budget to creating a strategic plan for the future – we needed someone with the skills that Kris has in running efficient public agencies to direct our day-to-day operations and ensure our long-term success,” said the Hon. Jack Collins, chair of the Board of Governors. “Kris had been in discussions with Rutgers officials for a position at the University and through their cooperation we were able to secure him as our CEO.”

The Board’s resolution to solicit plans for a collaborative educational and research program enables Rowan and Rutgers-Camden to develop a formal proposal for the Board’s consideration. The two universities have been working informally on this initiative for some time in anticipation of the organization of the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors also approved a resolution authorizing a lease for office space at the Waterfront Technology Center at 200 Federal Street in Camden.

The Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors was created by the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act. The Board’s mission is to encourage the development of curricula and programs at Rowan and Rutgers-Camden in the area of health sciences and to leverage the educational and research assets of the universities to support the growth of the area’s health care capacity and lead to regional economic growth and civic engagement.

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