NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers University Board of Governors meeting was briefly closed to the public on Tuesday, June 14 after an unruly man was removed by campus police.

Separately, the board confirmed the appointment of Dick Edwards, dean of the School of Social Work, as interim Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.

About 40 people attended the board meeting, including members of the university’s chapter of the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors, who expressed concerns about wage freezes and contract negotiations.  

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Also attending were several students as well as a recent university graduate who attempted to address the board without being recognized, according to university spokesman E.J. Miranda.

After the man became unruly when he was not recognized, campus police were called to escort him from the meeting, and a decision was made to partition off the board table at Winants Hall on College Avenue, closing off the audience, he said.

After less than 10 minutes, the meeting resumed without incident, and no action was taken, Miranda said.

The university budget, funding for which the state Legislature must approve by June 30, is expected to be discussed at the board’s next meeting in July.