NJIT Faculty, Students, and Staff
Robert A. Altenkirch, President
December 11th, 2003
Further Update on Proposed Reconfiguration
As you may have surmised from my message yesterday and from today's newspapers, the proposal of the Governor's Commission on Health Science, Education, and Training to restructure the State's public research universities will not move forward legislatively. A formal announcement to that effect has just been released by the Governor's office and is included at the end of this message. As I mentioned yesterday, we will move ahead aggressively turning our full attention to reaching the next level of achievement for NJIT and building partnerships with other institutions, e.g., UMDNJ, as appropriate to pursue the vision, absent the reconfiguration, of the Governor's Commission.

Thanks again to the faculty, staff, and students at NJIT who worked conscientiously to make the discussion on the proposed restructuring as productive as possible, and I wish you the best in the holiday season.





New Jersey's university system is one of our State's greatest assets. Quality of life, economic success and individual opportunities for growth are firmly linked with the success of our state's colleges and universities. The Governor's Commission on Health Science, Education, and Training understood this critical link. Their report in October, 2002 recognized the vast economic and human opportunities that were available through increased collaboration and partnerships. It is a vision and commitment that we share.

For more than a year, we have worked cooperatively with business, university and community leaders to consider the many complex structural and financial issues that would be involved with a merger of the State's three public research universities.

It has been time well spent. For the first time, there has been an in-depth analysis of the issues, challenges and opportunities presented in moving higher education in New Jersey to a higher level. The deliberations have yielded considerable benefits and significant immediate opportunities for collaboration in research, education, health care and service to the people of New Jersey. The discussions have produced additional plans and ideas that must be pursued. These opportunities and ideas will benefit the New Jersey economy and help fulfill our shared vision of a research-based economy fueled by research excellence in higher education.

We had all hoped that we would be able to complete our work in time for the 2004 legislative session. However, it is clear that while we have made good progress, it will not be possible to present a comprehensive plan to the Legislature in time for appropriate consideration in 2004. Collaboration and partnership are ideas we will continue to pursue. However, there are simply too many financial and structural issues for this to be considered by the Legislature at this time.

New Jersey is at the forefront of an economic recovery. Our State is creating jobs, attracting new businesses and creating exciting economic opportunities. This is a partnership that we all want to accomplish, but we need to make sure it proceeds only when there are sufficient resources to fulfill the vision that has been laid out.Our work on this important issue will continue. We all share a commitment to increasing the collaboration between the State of New Jersey, our public research universities and the private sector. Working together we can achieve this vision and propel the public research universities in New Jersey to greater heights.


Photos and audio and video clips from Governor McGreevey's press conferences are available in the Office of the Governor section on the State of New Jersey web page,