Richard Levis McCormick

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Richard Levis McCormick (born December 26, 1947) is a historian, professor and university administrator currently serving as the nineteenth president of Rutgers University.

Early Life

The son of the late Richard Patrick McCormick, a Rutgers professor and administrator, and Katheryne C. Levis, a University administrator, Richard Levis McCormick was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

After graduating from Piscataway High School in Piscataway, New Jersey, McCormick earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Amherst College in American studies (1969) and subsequently a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in History (1976) from Yale University.

Academic Career

Rutgers Presidency

McCormick took office as Rutgers president in December 2002. His most significant initiative has been the strengthening of the university's responsibility to undergraduate students, insisting that they receive the full benefits of the university's mission as a research university. In 2006, the university's Board of Governors approved his plan to reorganize the undergraduate colleges on the New Brunswick campus into a School of Arts and Sciences and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, eliminating contradictory admissions and curriculum standards among these undergraduate colleges and emphasizing faculty-student interaction. Some students and alumni criticized this plan, arguing that it sacrifices Rutgers' unique institutional history and culture. This plan went into effect during the 2007-2008...
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