• The Office of the Secretary of the University supports the university’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. This office also coordinates University Commencement and the honorary degree process, maintains the University Policy Library, and manages the Rutgers Against Hunger program. Secretary of the University Leslie Fehrenbach also serves as the University Custodian of Records ensuring compliance with the Open Public Records Act and as corporate secretary of the university.

  • Office of the Secretary of the University

    Leslie A. Fehrenbach is the Secretary of the University (secretary), reporting directly to the president. This office is primarily responsible to support the activities of Rutgers’ Board of Governors and Board of Trustees by managing the work of the Boards, providing advice on board issues to the university president and executive administration, and serving as the liaison between the boards and the university administration. In consultation with general counsel, the secretary ensures that board actions are in compliance with legal requirements. Both the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees elect the secretary and assistant secretary. This office also coordinates University Commencement, maintains the University Policy Library, and serves as the University Custodian of Records, ensuring compliance with applicable federal and state laws related to public record requests and the Open Public Records Act.

    In addition, the secretary has the role of secretary of the corporation, signing and accepting official documents and keeping the university seal. Members of the academic community may request letters of introduction for academic research abroad by contacting the secretary’s office.

    Leslie Fehrenbach is coexecutive director of Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), a universitywide initiative working to address the issues of hunger across the state of New Jersey. RAH works to increase awareness, encourage activism, and stimulate research to assist those in need, while providing immediate relief through food drives and fundraising to assist our partner agencies throughout the state.

    Key responsibilities: