A Bonus Year for Rutgers President
- After months of controversy, a $90,000 bonus for Rutgers's president
- Rutgers president faces controversy on multiple fronts, including athletics
- Rutgers says it didn't have cause to fire Rice. Contract suggests otherwise
- String of unseemly revelations about Rutgers athletic staff calls vetting process into question
- Report shows how Rutgers botched handling of former coach, reiterates 5-year-old recommendations to improve athletics
Robert Barchi's first year as president of Rutgers University has had plenty of controversy: athletics scandals, questions about athletics spending, criticism from the Newark campus that his focus is too much on the flagship campus, and a remark (that Barchi said was intended as a joke) that offended some minority scholars. An article in The Star-Ledger said that while Barchi has won praise for managing the merger of the University of Medicine and Dentistry into Rutgers, and for the move to the Big 10 athletics conference, "[b]y all accounts, Rutgers President Robert Barchi had a difficult freshman year." The newspaper also reported that the board recently awarded him a $90,000 bonus out of the $97,500 he could have received -- and that Barchi donated the money back to the university. A letter to Barchi from the Rutgers board chair said: "We are delighted with the progress Rutgers has seen this past year, and we thank you for your dedication and leadership."