A 250th Anniversary Portrait

Rutgers' history is the nation's history, a story that begins in the political maelstrom of colonial America; hurtles through the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, and two world wars; wrestles with social upheaval in the 20th century's latter half; and emerges in the fast-paced universe of today's global digital age. Chartered as Queen's College in 1766, the school-its colonial founders, teachers, and students-fought Revolutionary War battles while remaining loyal to a fledgling institution that struggled to keep its doors open during "times that try men's souls."

Out of Rutgers' fraught genesis sprouted the seeds that, in the course of the next 250 years, would yield the largest of all nine original colonial colleges-and the only one to become a flagship public research university, a land-grant university, and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. Over generations, Rutgers people have succeeded in advancing the institution, even in periods of crisis caused by war, economic hardship, rapid growth, and flagging governmental support.

This is the story of how a spirited college community, despite discomfiture and setbacks, always found the way to the next rung of the ladder, while serving New Jersey, educating many first-generation students, and becoming an institution as diverse as the state it serves. It is also the story of recent achievements at home and worldwide, and a consideration of how Rutgers may continue to thrive as the 21st century matures. Delve into this fascinating portrait of a great American university and discover why Rutgers has been revolutionary for 250 years.

Published 27 Aug 2015
Author Susan Millership|Nita Congress

Tom Frusciano, University Archivist, has been at Rutgers since 1989, where he is also a part-time lecturer at the School of Communication and Information. He has written extensively on the history of Rutgers, and his publications include The Rutgers University Football Vault: History of the Scarlet Knights (2008).

Benjamin Justice, Associate Professor, directs the Social Studies Education Program at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers and teaches courses on the history of education and history education. He has written numerous articles on these subjects and recently edited The Founding Fathers, Education, and 'The Great Contest' (2013).

Eileen Crowley is a writer with nearly three decades of communications experience in corporate, newsroom, and nonprofit settings, including the Rutgers University Foundation. She is a proud Rutgers alumna, Class of '79.

Marie Logue spent most of her 30-year career at Rutgers in academic and student life administration. She served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Engagement in the Office of Undergraduate Education and as the Associate Dean for Student Development at Rutgers College, a position she held for 16 years.

Barry V. Qualls, University Professor of English at Rutgers and former Vice President of Undergraduate Education, joined the Rutgers faculty in 1971. In 2006, he was named the New Jersey Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support Education.

Linda Stamato is Co-Director of the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. A Rutgers and New York University graduate, she has served as a consultant to the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, as Chairman of the Rutgers Board of Governors and as a member of the NJ State Board of Higher Education.

ISBN 9781908990068
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