Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ashwani Monga to Take Leadership Position at University System of Georgia
Dear Rutgers University – Newark community members,
I write to share the exciting news that the University System of Georgia (USG) announced today that they are appointing our dear colleague Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ashwani Monga as the system’s next Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs/ Chief Academic Officer, effective July 1, 2022. In this new role, he will oversee the academic enterprise of Georgia’s university system of 26 public colleges and universities while also holding a faculty appointment at one of the USG institutions, Georgia Tech, as a professor in the Scheller College of Business.
With this extraordinary new leadership opportunity, Ashwani will build on the multiple leadership roles he has played for us since becoming our provost in 2019. He has been a champion for students as well as for faculty and publicly engaged scholarship at Rutgers-Newark, working closely with our deans to continue diversifying our faculty, intersecting with his work as Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity and Transformation. Likewise, he has been invaluable as a leader of initiatives from reconceptualizing our impact seed grants and awards program to forging new public-private collaborations with community and corporate partners, advocating for dual enrollment and high school partnerships, strategically advancing academic programs and research, and expanding the impact of our collective work through the P3 Collaboratory and NJ-STEP. He also has been a most effective advocate on the Promotions Review Committee, Responsibility Center Management (RCM) Review Committee, and numerous other Rutgers-wide groups.
I could not be happier for Ashwani, even as I will miss his steady guidance, worldly wisdom, and keen sense of humor as one of my closest partners—and I cannot begin to fathom what I and our whole leadership team would have done without him at our side as we have navigated the uncharted terrain of the pandemic together over the past two years!
In the coming weeks, I will share how we will manage the transition in this key leadership position, but for now I invite you to join me in thanking Ashwani for the myriad ways in which he has helped strengthen our community even through the most challenging of times and congratulating him on this significant step forward on his leadership path.
Statement from Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ashwani Monga
First at Rutgers Business School and then in the Rutgers-Newark Chancellor’s Office, I’ve had the good fortune to be in several teams that accomplished many wonderful things: established a new department, developed new programs and enhanced career services to support the social mobility of our diverse students, promoted outstanding scholarship including publicly engaged scholarship, built connections with corporations and the broader community that we are anchored in, and advanced our core mission of delivering excellent education at all times, even while the pandemic raged on. All of this would have happened with or without me because this is the kind of place where change is driven not by single individuals walking alone, but rather the collective institution marching towards its mission. I feel very fortunate to have been included in this institutional march, thanks to numerous well-wishers who gave me opportunities to join or lead several collaborative teams. Chief among these well-wishers has been Chancellor Nancy Cantor. I could push forward because I knew that Nancy had my back, and I could act with conviction because I knew that Nancy believed in me. Having learned from her and other terrific leaders at Rutgers, I feel ready to take on a new role in which I can positively impact student and faculty success. I am very excited to build collaborations to drive forward the University System of Georgia and create opportunities for others, students most of all, so that I can help them live their dream, just as others have helped me live my own.