Now, in the midst of his fifth year at the helm of Rutgers, the 70-year-old is happier than ever with the state of the university and feels more energized than he has any point in his tenure, he told NJ Advance Media in an interview Wednesday.
"As of right now, I have no intention of stepping down this year," Dr. Barchi said. "As long as I think we are on a positive trajectory... I am willing to continue in the job for a while."
Instead of a contract, Barchi has a hiring agreement with the Rutgers Board of Governors that includes no specific end date. The lucrative deal ends only when Barchi resigns or the board terminates it.
Aside from the Rutgers-UMDNJ integration, the largest higher education merger in American history, Dr. Barchi's term has been marked by the university's entrance into the Big Ten Conference, a $1 billion fundraising campaign and a makeover of the College Avenue campus in New Brunswick.
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