NEW BRUNSWICK - TAPIntoNewBrunswick recently met Interim Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy at his office in the Old Queens administration building for a free-ranging interview. Molloy talked about the need for Rutgers University to sell its story to prospective students, to bring more capital improvements to campus and his long-term plans.
Below is the second and final excerpt of the interview:
TAPInto: How does Rutgers create opportunities beyond the traditional classroom?
Molloy: “Rutgers is increasing the amount of internship opportunities for our students to get real-world experience with New York and Philadelphia and everything in between. We are leveraging the close proximity to companies in the areas of life sciences, engineering and computer science
Humanities is also among the best in the country, in the areas of English, history, philosophy and physics. We are really building out opportunities for students, for internships, and where they can interact in the area of information sciences.”
TAPInto: What is the update on the Rutgers 2030 master plan?
Molloy: The Rutgers 2030 Physical Master Plan proposes redeveloping the heart of the College Avenue district to create a major new open space framed by new student activities buildings which would share a quadrangle with the College Avenue Gym and open out to the Raritan River. The university is engaged in preliminary planning for this very complicated, long-term initiative. This vision includes the eventual relocation of the main bus hub from College Avenue to George Street. College Avenue would remain open in each direction to cars, buses and bicycles.
TAPInto: We have heard terrific things about the Honors College. How’s it going?
Molloy: “The Honors College takes in approximately 500 students a year, and the median SAT score is 1530. Those scores are among the best in the United States, with only one school having a higher SAT score: Cal Tech. And that includes the Ivy League. The Honors College has attracted the best and brightest in New Jersey and around the country.”
TAPInto: Any comment about the football team, which, as we all know, won only one game this year?
Molloy: “We are playing young players. We are starting the offense and defense with freshmen and sophomores. We need to mature. We have found some success in many sports in the Big Ten including women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, and wrestling. I am excited about the men’s and women’s basketball teams, with C. Vivian Stringer winning her 1,000thgame.”
TAPInto: How would you describe the relationship between Rutgers and the City of New Brunswick?
Molloy:“ I see Mayor James Cahill frequently. Rutgers and New Brunswick work together in a variety of economic areas, such as the Hub project in the downtown with Devco. Rutgers is leasing space for the arts and sciences and administrative teams. Our police forces are also collaborative, as the university is fielding the 911 calls for the city. So, we have the call center for the city. I would say it is a very positive relationship.”
TAPInto: An obvious marketing highlight has been the affiliation with the Big 10. How would you gauge process?
Molloy: “Part of being in the Big 10 is being part of the Big 10 Academic Alliance. We collaborate at several levels to share resources and best practices. We work together with our libraries and computer science sharing initiatives so that a wide variety of academic institutions can benefit. Universities, like Michigan and Wisconsin, embrace Rutgers as an equal and commend our academic prowess. The Big 10 also brings us advertisements during sporting events on the Big 10 Network and we are looking to build in New Brunswick’s strong marketing and branding components. We want students to recognize the enormous value of coming here.”