Office of the Chancellor

Closing the Book on a Historic Year

In our 250th year, Rutgers University–New Brunswick once again made its mark in the books of history. This chapter includes visits by President Barack Obama and United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and several other highlights made possible by our remarkable students, faculty and staff.

President Obama's address at Commencement  served as a glittering highlight in the yearlong celebration of our 250th anniversary. 

Our faculty was once again recognized by some of the most prestigious academies in the world. Professor Alexander “Sasha” Zamolodchikov, from the Department of Physics in the School of Arts and Sciences, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Professors Joachim Messing and Richard Ebright from the Waksman Institute were awarded membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. But research is just one component of our faculty’s mission. We take pride in their recognition, as well as the numerous other awards our faculty earned this year.

Our students continued to amaze me with their triumphs and ambition both inside and outside the classroom. Revan Sopher, a double major in engineering and computer science, turned fellowships with NASA and venture capital giant KPCB into a job at Google. Maggie Morash scored a Goldwater Scholarship last year as a junior and then as a senior, she captained the women’s soccer team to a berth in the NCAA national semifinal. And I must also highlight the pluck of Daily Targum editor Dan Corey, a sophomore, who was granted a pre-commencement interview with President Obama because during a visit to the White House last month he had the guts to do what many of us wouldn’t: ask.

President Obama's address at Commencement  served as a glittering highlight in the yearlong celebration of our 250th anniversary. While the visit of a sitting President is certainly a singular occurrence for those of us in the Rutgers community, I am proud to know that the incredible accomplishments and efforts of those graduating and of our outstanding faculty and staff are not. That is what makes me proud to call Rutgers home.

Sincerely,

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