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Christopher J. Molloy to step down as Rutgers—New Brunswick chancellor

Rutgers—New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy, who will step down as chancellor in June, was responsible for managing the historic integration of Rutgers with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. – Photo by Rutgers.edu

Rutgers—New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy will step down as chancellor in June and return as faculty to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, according to a press release.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Francine Conway was appointed to a new position, titled chancellor-provost, to replace Molloy.

Molloy came to Rutgers in 2007 as dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, also serving as interim chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and senior vice president for research and economic development, according to the release.

He oversaw the largest higher education merger in U.S. history with the integration of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into Rutgers, said University President Jonathan Holloway in a University-wide email today.

“I want to thank (Molloy) and acknowledge his enormous contribution to the University,” Holloway said. “Anyone who has ever spoken with (Molloy) knows his love for Rutgers, his alma mater. Over the past several months, he and I have had many conversations about the most effective structure of the chancellor role in New Brunswick, and his insights have greatly informed our next steps.”

Conway, who became provost in November 2020, was appointed as chancellor-provost by the Board of Governors for a three-year period beginning July 1. Holloway said this new role is intended to focus on the student and faculty academic experience.

“Leading Rutgers—New Brunswick has been a great and humbling honor, and I am thrilled (Conway) will guide our academic and research powerhouse at this critical time with her experience and expertise,” Molloy said, according to the release.

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