CAMDEN, NJ — Two Rutgers University governing members have been named to the Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors, which develops curricula and programs in health the universities and facilitates partnerships with other institutions.

Appointed by the Rutgers–Camden Board of Directors on Friday, Dr. James Dougherty and Frank Hundley bring along decades of experience in medicine and administration to the governing body overseeing the expansion of the region's "eds and meds" sector.

The joint board was created as a result of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act in 2012 under former Gov. Chris Christie.

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The new appointments round out the seven-member board, which includes three picks made by Christie during his tenure and two more from Rowan's Board of Trustees.

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Dougherty joins the board with more than 30 years in veterinary medicine, having co-founded Metropolitan Veterinary Associates in Valley Forge in 1986. The veterinary hospital became the first multi-specialty referral center in the Philadelphia suburbs and now serves as a 24/7 specialty, emergency, and critical care practice. He is the new chair of the Rutgers Board of Trustees and the Rutgers Camden Board of Directors, having previously served as vice chair of each for 2018-19.

A certified financial planner, Hundley is the vice president of Wealth Management for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, where he leads the Hundley McGovern Wealth Management group. He joined Janney Montgomery Scott in 2016 after more than 14 years with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Hundley currently serves on the Rutgers Board of Governors and its Camden Board of Directors and is an Emeritus member of the Board of Trustees, where he served as chair from 2015 to 2016.

“We are excited to welcome these men to the joint board at a critical turning point in this partnership’s history,” said joint board CEO Dana Redd. “As highly-respected professionals in their respective fields, both Jim and Frank will undoubtedly introduce fresh and exciting ideas to further our strategic goals and lead our institutions into the next phase of their continued development.”

Much of the previously-set board membership comes from state politics and has ties to Christie, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), or South Jersey power broker George E. Norcross III.

The board's vice chairman is Louis S. Bezich, an executive with Norcross-chaired Cooper University Health Care. Redd, an ally of Christie and Norcross, landed appointment to CEO in January 2018 just weeks after leaving office as mayor of Camden. Integral in her bump-up hire from board member to high-paying pension job was chairman Jack Collins, a former Republican Assembly speaker.

The term for an appointee of the governor is six years, while members from Rowan or Rutgers have terms that run alongside the respective university board positions, according to the joint board bylaws.

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