Robert L. Barchi

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Robert L. Barchi
President of Rutgers University
Term April 11, 2012 –
Predecessor Richard Levis McCormick
Born (1946-11-23) November 23, 1946 (age 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Georgetown University
University of Pennsylvania

Robert Lawrence Barchi is the 20th and current President of Rutgers University, having taken office on September 1, 2012.[1] Barchi was appointed to the position on April 11, 2012 to succeed Richard L. McCormick.[2] Previously, Barchi was president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, prior to which he was provost of the University of Pennsylvania.[3]

Barchi is a physician and neuroscientist. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1968, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. Born in Philadelphia, Barchi grew up in Westfield, before moving back to Philadelphia during his freshman year of high school, attending St. Joseph's Preparatory School.

The appointment of Barchi, a medical doctor, comes as Rutgers is preparing to absorb most of the schools, programs and facilities of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey following the approval of a merger proposal by the New Jersey legislature and governor during the summer of 2012.[4]