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Rutgers BoT rejects Camden split

The university's Board of Governors has yet to weigh in though, and this plan may be DOA. In that sense, the vote doesn't really mean much. As far as Rutgers is concerned, the original plan may well be far better than the new alternative, which would still let George Norcross take over Rutgers-Camden, and would unfairly let the Newark and Camden campuses benefit from their affiliation with the New Brunswick campus without fair compensation. From the Rutgers perspective, losing Camden is regrettable, but it is worth the loss of a hospital. Having a Rutgers campus not actually controlled by Rutgers is another matter entirely. This could well hold the potential to destroy the academic reputation of Rutgers University. Just imagine George Norcross setting the tenure standards on campus, hiring and firing faculty, giving degrees on a whim to the politically connected, all by fiat. By hook or by crook, Norcross would inevitably use Camden to prop up his indebted Cooper Medical School. This "compromise" is worse than the original proposal, and is not a compromise in any manner of the sort. In fact, it's a better deal for Norcross, in being able to seize control of the Camden campus, and still have the ability to steal the Rutgers name to launder all manner of misdeeds. The very fact that this is being negotiated proves that the Rutgers name is an invaluable commodity, and is not something that any Rutgers governing body can afford to cede under any circumstances.

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