April 25, 2006
Contact: Anna Farneski
Board of Trustees Approves Reorganization of Administration
NEWARK - The University of Medicine and Dentistry Board of Trustees
today approved a plan to reorganize a series of administrative positions
to fill current vacancies and better address the challenges that lie
In a unanimous vote, the Board of Trustees approved the plan set for
by Interim President Dr. Bruce C. Vladeck, which includes the hiring
of a new chief financial officer for University Hospital.
“Today’s vote is just one in a series of many that we
will be taking in the months ahead to put the University back on track,” said
Board Chairman Robert DelTufo. “This reorganization ensures that
our senior staff meets the highest standards of professionalism and
integrity, and we have full confidence in their abilities and dedication.”
Edward C. Burke, currently Chief Financial Officer of Louisiana State
University-Health Sciences Center, was appointed CFO for University
Hospital and Special Advisor to the President. Burke has more than
31 years of financial management experience, and will begin May 15.
Dr. Denise Rodgers, currently Vice President and Chief of Staff, has
been named Executive Vice President for Academic and Clinical Affairs.
She will replace Dr. Robert Saporito, who resigned effective March
31. Rodgers, a nationally recognized expert in health disparities,
was named Chief of Staff in September 2005. She served as Senior Associate
Dean for Community Health and Professor of Family Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School since January 1997.
James Rowan, the University’s Executive Director of the Office
of Compliance, has been named Chief of Staff. Before joining UMDNJ
in October 2005, Rowan was Deputy Chief Inspector for the U.S. Postal
Inspection Service, where he oversaw criminal and administrative investigations.
In addition, Vice President of Human Resources Maryann Master will
move into the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Administration.
Her duties will include oversight of Human Resources, Public Safety,
Logistical Services, Procurement and Operations.
"These actions constitute major progress in assembling the team
that will help the University move forward,” said Dr. Bruce C.
Vladeck, interim president. “While continuing to address the
problems of the past, we are laying the groundwork for a much brighter
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences
university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three
medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical
sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing
and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year,
there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities
and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch
Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a
Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare,
a mental health and addiction services network.