Posted by: Andrea Alexander | June 7, 2013

The New Rutgers: The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead and What It Means for New Jersey Residents

President Robert Barchi and Chris Molloy at a meeting to discuss clinical issues related to integration.

President Barchi and Chris Molloy at a meeting to discuss clinical issues related to integration.

Nearly a year after Gov. Chris Christie signed sweeping higher education reform legislation, a new Rutgers University will be born with the integration of most of the schools, centers and institutes that make up the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Christopher J. Molloy, Rutgers’ interim provost for biomedical and health sciences, is leading the day-to-day activities surrounding integration. It is an undertaking he admits has led to some fatigue and sleepless nights.

But Molloy, a molecular and cellular pharmacologist who has served as dean of the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, worked in research, management and drug discovery – and received his undergraduate degree from the Rutgers College of Pharmacy and  his Ph.D. from the Rutgers/UMDNJ Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology  says the birth of the new, more comprehensive Rutgers University will bring a higher level of prestige to the state, attract more revenue through grants and partnerships and provide students greater academic opportunities.

Rutgers Today sat down with Molloy to talk about what has occurred since the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie in August and to learn more about what integration means to the Rutgers community and New Jersey residents.

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