Subject:       Board of Governors Votes to Create the School of Graduate Studies
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Dear Members of the Rutgers Community:

Today, the Rutgers University Board of Governors voted to merge the Graduate
School–New Brunswick (GSNB) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS),
effective July 1. The schools, housed at Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers
Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), respectively, are among the leading graduate
schools in our country and will now join forces to become the School of Graduate
Studies, an initiative first conceived as part of the 2013 integration between
Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

The new School of Graduate Studies will serve about 5,100 students and will include
63 doctoral programs and 75 master’s degree programs in humanities, social sciences,
physical sciences, mathematical sciences, biological and medical sciences and
engineering. This new school will bring together what is separately remarkable about
our institutions to create a truly comprehensive graduate school that rivals the
best in the Big Ten and AAU.

Jerome Kukor, currently the dean of the GSNB, will lead the new school; Kathleen
Scotto, the dean of GSBS, will become vice dean. We would like to commend Deans
Kukor and Scotto for working tirelessly on this merger since the early days of the
integration between Rutgers and the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey. The new school will be affiliated with both Rutgers–New Brunswick and
RBHS and will report to Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lee.

The strength of our institutions is the breadth of expertise and research that
proliferate from our labs and classrooms. Our combined efforts will now generate
numerous opportunities that bring together our best minds to tackle the world’s
biggest challenges and position Rutgers to be the vanguard of graduate education. We
believe we are better together and are excited by the new opportunities that lie


Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Brian Strom, M.D., M.P.H.
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences