Wendell E. Pritchett, chancellor of the Camden campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey, was elected president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The coalition is made up of about 70 universities worldwide that seek to help the urban communities in which they are located. Dr. Pritchett will serve a one-year term.
“I am honored to serve as president of CUMU, which is an extraordinary organization of universities and colleges dedicated to applying their intellectual and human capital toward helping America’s cities grow and thrive,” Dr. Pritchett stated.
“Rutgers–Camden is committed to becoming, and becoming known as, a national model for civically engaged universities. I look forward to working with the members of CUMU to develop new best practices, and to bringing those ideas back to southern New Jersey and the Delaware Valley.”
Dr. Pritchett has been chancellor of Rutgers-Camden since 2009. He also serves as a professor of history and law at the university. He is the author of Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, Jews, and the Changing Face of the Ghetto (University of Chicago Press 2002) and Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer (University of Chicago Press, 2008).
Dr. Pritchett is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.