NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has agreed to continue in that position for two more years, university officials said.

Members of the university board of governors asked him to remain at least two more years, and he agreed, officials said.

“Bob Barchi has been a remarkable leader for Rutgers,” board president Sandy Stewart said.  He said Barchi's efforts "raised Rutgers’ academic profile and improved our reputation both nationally and in New Jersey."

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Barchi was hired in 2012 and had first agreed to serve for five years. Now two years beyond his original commitment, the 72-year-old Barchi will continue to lead Rutgers until 2020.

"I am gratified by the Board’s confidence and the commitment that it has made to build on the progress of the last six years,” Barchi said in a statement.

During his tenure, Barchi led development of the first university-wide strategic plan in nearly 20 years and has overseen creation of a physical master plan for expansion of facilities.

He was also president as Rutgers joined the Big Ten Athletic Conference, a group of similarly sized leading research institutions, and the conference’s academic consortium, the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

A graduate of Georgetown University who received doctoral and medicine degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Barchi was president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia before coming to Rutgers.

Stewart said the board of governors expects Barchi will continue to attract "world-class faculty."