Message from the President
May, I wrote to the UMDNJ family regarding the work of the Governors
Commission on Health Sciences, Education and Training. We commend Governor McGreevey for his commitment
to improve the overall quality of higher education in New Jersey
and to build the states reputation for excellence in research
and the training of health care professionals, which led to
the creation of this Commission.
you probably know from recent media coverage, on Monday, October
14, 2002, the Commission, chaired by Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, released
its report. The report
calls for a major reorganization of public higher education
in New Jersey through the creation of a state university with
three main campuses in the northern, central and southern regions
of the state.
the complexity of this proposal, the Commissions report
recommends that, as a next step, the Governor create a Review
and Implementation Task Force charged to conduct a more extensive
feasibility assessment and develop a detailed action plan within
12 months, for potential implementation over the ensuing five
years. The proposed Review and Implementation Task Force includes a Governing
Committee, on which the Chairs of the Boards of Trustees and
the Presidents of the affected institutions are expected to
serve, plus other Committees and Working Groups that will include
additional members from the various institutions.
Through this participation, we look forward to working
with the Governor and his administration to develop a plan that
will meet our mutual goals of academic excellence. Following the deliberations of the implementation
planning groups, legislation will be required to effect the
has made significant progress and enormous contributions to
the State of New Jersey, its economy and its communities during
our 30-year history. The
accomplishments of our students bring distinction and acclaim
to the University, and our alumni strengthen the ranks of health
care professionals and scientists in our state and across the
nation. Each and every one of you has contributed to these achievements,
and should be proud of your role in our success. I am very proud of our University, and wish to express my personal
appreciation for your individual efforts toward our shared goals. I remain committed to the strategic intent
and goals adopted by the Board of Trustees, and know that I
can rely upon you to join me and our colleagues in continuing
to carry out our important work in the months ahead.
of the challenges to the University family as we enter the next
stage of the process outlined in the Commissions report
will be to continue to convey our steadfast commitment to the
Universitys mission of excellence in education, research,
patient care and community service to our patients, their families,
our students, our prospective students and members of our communities.
I am counting on your ongoing support in this effort,
and will keep you informed as new developments emerge. Thank
you very much.
D. Cook, M.D.