Strategic Planning


Rowan University is led by President Ali A. Houshmand, who took office in June 2012. President Houshmand is the seventh in a prestigious line of presidents that have led the university since its founding in 1923. Prior to his appointment as president, he served for six years as provost/senior vice president of Academic Affairs. During his time at Rowan, Dr. Houshmand's accomplishments have included establishing both the College of Graduate and Continuing Education and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, cofounding Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and constructing Rowan Boulevard.

Rowan's Provost, Dr. James A. Newell, is the University's Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Newell started as a professor at Rowan in 1998, was elected Senate President in 2006, and became the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs in 2007. As Provost, Dr. Newell and his staff maintain the highest academic standards for all undergraduate and graduate programs. The Provost's office leads Rowan's Division of Academic Affairs, which includes Rowan's colleges. The Provost's office also oversees the Campbell Library and Rowan's Camden campus, maintains campus-wide information technology and telecommunications, and is involved with the recruitment, appointment, tenure, and promotion of faculty.

Rowan's Division of University Advancement is responsible for the development and support of the university and its various programs. The Division oversees Development, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, and the Rowan University Foundation. They work to secure philanthropic support and to engage alumni, donors, and others to advance the mission of Rowan University. They are also responsible for fundraising and for the management and investment of charitable contributions to Rowan.

The Division of Employee and Labor Relations helps maintain a healthy work environment at Rowan University. This includes the Office of Equity and Diversity, which works to maintain the university's policy of nondiscrimination for all employees and students, and the Office of Human Resources, which works to provide support, awareness, and enrichment of all employee needs.

The Division of Facilities & Operations creates, sustains, and maintains the physical environment - the architecture and infrastructure - in which the University's mission is fulfilled. The Division's responsibilities include landscaping, building maintenance, safety, utilities, environmental health, and event services at Rowan. They are also responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of campus buildings and other projects.

The Division of Finance provides an array of administrative and financial services that support University operations including payroll, accounts payable, accounting services, budget, and bursar revenue. The Division controls fiscal operations and manages new construction and renovation projects. It also manages employee benefits, human resources, and employee and labor relations. The Division of Finance is also the university's principal liaison with legal representatives.

The Division of University Relations is Rowan's first line of communication with the public and with the university community. They work to provide news and information in print, in person, and on-line. The Division oversees all official campus events, publications, printing, and media and public relations.

The Division of Strategic Enrollment Management is responsible for the enrollment of Rowan University students and retaining them until graduation. The Division includes Admissions, Financial Aid, University Web Development, the University Advising Center, the International Center, and the Office of Academic Transition Programs. These departments work to recruit new students, assist them with the costs of tuition, and guide them to success throughout their academic careers. They also help to maintain communication with students through the development and maintenance of Rowan's websites.

The Division of Student Life helps students transition into the University community. We are committed to making sure that our students get the most out of their college experience, including guidance during this period of intense personal growth.

The Division of Information Resources and Technology (IRT) is responsible for ALL technology services available on both the Glassboro and Camden campuses of Rowan University. This consists of networking, email systems, telephones, web servers, computer labs, technology enhanced classrooms (TEC), Web for Students, Blackboard-CE (formerly WebCT) and the list goes on.

The Division of Governmental Affiars is responsible for legal expertise, general council, and ongoing judicial guidance for all major University endevours.

The Division of Health Sciences is responsible for building and integrating new Health Sciences programs within Rowan University. Working with various deans and administrators, strong, nationally recognized academic and research programs related to Health Sciences will be the platform for future developments and economic growth.

Rowan University operates under the laws of the State of New Jersey. The Board of Trustees of Rowan University is vested by law with the general supervision of the University within general policies and guidelines pursuant to NJSA 18A:64 et seq. Some of the responsibilities of the trustees are to appoint the University president, to approve the educational curriculum and student services program, and to determine policies for the organization, administration, and development of the University. 

Founded in 1968, the University Senate is a deliberative body designed to promote dialogue among students, faculty and professional staff, and administration. The Senate proposes, modifies, and reviews academic policies and also oversees the administration of personnel policies negotiated by the AFT. Our goal is to work together with other campus constituencies through shared governance to promote the well-being of the University.