Rutgers-Camden chancellor to step down

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden has announced plans to step down after the current academic year.

The university said Monday that Chancellor Phoebe Haddon will return to the faculty as a law professor as of July 1.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Haddon, named the school's first female African-American leader in 2014, cited accomplishments such as increasing enrollment and improving the school’s status as a research institution and community resource.

The Camden campus is one of three comprising the state university. The others are the main campus in New Brunswick and a northern campus in Newark.

Haddon leaves as Rutgers welcomes its first black president, Northwestern University provost Jonathan Holloway. Haddon said that didn't prompt her decision but it does allow Holloway to look for new leadership and gives her more time for other projects such as her new role as chair of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank.

Rutgers-Camden currently has about 7,400 students, an increase from about 6,400 when she arrived.