Clement A. Price: Obama names New Jersey historian Professor to federal advisory post


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Will serve as vice chair of Advisory Council on Historic Preservation



Renown Rutgers-Newark History Prof. Clement A. Price on Friday was named vice chairman of the president’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by President Obama.

Price is Rutgers’ Board of Governors Distinguished Service professor of history and the founder and director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers-Newark. The professor is involved in many historic and cultural institutions in New Jersey. He currently serves as the chairman of the Save Ellis Island Foundation and the Newark Education Trust, and is a member of the state Historical Commission, the state Council on the Arts, and the Newark Black Film Festival. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at the University of Bridgeport and his doctorate in history from Rutgers.

Price was one of five people appointed to federal posts and advisory positions by Obama.

“The extraordinary dedication these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people,” the president said. “I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

Obama also appointed, the former president of the University of South Florida to the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rowan University in Glassboro.

Richard McCormick: Former Rutgers president to be paid $335,000 as history professor


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We hope that when former Rutgers University president and future $335,000-a-year history professor Richard L. McCormick sits down to write his “What I did this summer” essay, it includes some soul-searching, and a sense that he should turn down the gig or do it for a whole lot less money.

It’s absurd that the retiring university president will earn so much to be a history professor. After stepping down as president next year, McCormick will take a year off — while being paid handsomely — before returning to the school as a history teacher.

It’s an outrageous expense, but the university is stuck: McCormick’s contract guaranteed that if he left the president’s post and returned to teach he could not be paid less than the highest-paid faculty member….READ MORE

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