CAMDEN, NJ — History professor Margaret Marsh will serve as the interim chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden once Phoebe Haddon steps down this summer, university president Robert Barchi announced in a letter to the campus community Monday.

Haddon announced Feb. 17 that after six years, she felt it was the right time to turn over the reins. Her tenure will officially end on July 1, at which point she will rejoin the faculty as a law professor.

Marsh previously took on the role of interim chancellor at the school between 2007 and 2009. She also served as the dean of the Rutgers-Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1998 to 2011. 

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“In her first stint as interim chancellor, Dr. Marsh helped boost enrollment to a new high, advanced the establishment of an MFA in creative writing, and oversaw the transformation of the School of Business–Camden into a four-year school,” Barchi said in the letter. “She also presided over critical renovations of the dining hall and recreation center, the acquisition of properties on Lawrence and Cooper Streets now in use by academic programs, and the introduction of new undergraduate offerings at Atlantic Cape Community College.”

As dean, Marsh also launched the nation’s first Ph.D. program in childhood studies, established the Honors College at Rutgers–Camden, boosted the school’s endowment fund more than eightfold, and initiated Rutgers–Camden’s Ph.D. programs in computational and integrative biology and public affairs. 

“These milestones were vital to Rutgers–Camden’s evolution from a master’s-level to a doctoral university,” Barchi added. “It is reassuring to know that as Chancellor Phoebe Haddon steps down, we have another exceptional leader to serve Rutgers University–Camden in this role.”

It has not been determined exactly when the role will be filled permanently. 

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