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Rutgers–Camden presents models of achievement at national urban universities conference

Posted on November 19, 2019

A national conference of higher education leaders committed to urban growth recently learned about the innovative programs in place at Rutgers University–Camden when the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) convened its annual conference in Philadelphia during Oct. 21 to 23.

Titled “All In: The Urban Mission,” the conference explored the role of universities as anchor institutions in America’s cities. During a special plenary session for university presidents, Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon and Dana Redd SBC’96, former Camden mayor and current CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors, delivered a thought-provoking look into the evolution of the close partnership between the city and the university.

In the session “Transforming a City Invincible: Leveraging Anchor Institutions in the Remaking of the City of Camden,” Redd shared with an audience of more than 30 university leaders her experience when she took the helm as mayor of Camden in 2010. “At that time, Camden was ranked second among the top ten most dangerous cities in the United States,” said Redd. “That’s no longer the case, I’m happy to say.”

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