NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A high-level administrator at Rutgers University has resigned just one year after taking his position.
Debasish "Deba" Dutta, chancellor of the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, submitted his resignation Tuesday, according to the university.
Dutta put out a university-wide letter email stating that there differing views about his position.
"It has become clear that my vision for the chancellorship is not in alignment with that of the University. It is only fair that I step aside and let the University select a new leader for the New Brunswick campus." Dutta said in the letter.
Rutgers President Robert Barchi later issued a statement saying Dutta "served admirably as chancellor of Rutgers-New Brunswick." Barchi said "Deba oversaw a significant administrative restructuring of the campus and met well the challenges of such an awesome responsibility."
Dutta will continue to receive his base salary of $480,000 for the next year while he is on sabbatical, said Peter McDonough, senior vice-president of external affairs for Rutgers. He will then return to Rutgers as a distinguished professor in the school of engineering, McDonough said.
He said Dutta's decision to leave was a mutual agreement with Barchi.
"It was entirely amicable," McDonough said.
Dutta had previously been provost at Purdue University, which McDonough said is closer to being the president.
"Rutgers has a unique governing structure," McDonough said, adding that the provosts at the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses and the medical school report to Barchi.
Christopher Molloy, the university’s senior vice president for research and economic development since December 2013, was named interim chancellor of the New Brunswick campus. Molloy was previously the dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the interim provost for biomedical and health sciences, and the interim chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Dutta was appointed chancellor in April 2017.
He had been provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity at Purdue University, with a faculty appointment as a professor of mechanical engineering.
Previously, he worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, according to Rutgers.
When the university first announced the appointment of the new chancellor, Barchi said in a statement that Dutta “will be an inspiring, collaborative leader and a powerful voice for Rutgers University-New Brunswick at a pivotal time in its history."