Steven J. Diner
“The Newark Education Trust acts as an advocate for the community in holding the Newark Public Schools accountable in establishing a new culture of excellence.”
Chancellor Steven J. Diner has headed Rutgers University-Newark since July 2002.
He has devoted himself to building Rutgers-Newark as a leading urban research university. Under his leadership, Rutgers-Newark has built strong ties between the campus and the local community.
He is deeply involved in the revitalization of downtown Newark, where the campus sits, and has overseen the doubling of the campus’s residential population. He is committed to creating a vibrant twenty-four/seven community in the neighborhood surrounding the campus. He is the immediate past president of the Coalition of Urban & Metropolitan Universities.
Steven Diner came to Rutgers with a lifelong interest in cities, universities, and the connections between them, both past and present. After completing a PhD in History at the University of Chicago, he began his teaching career at the University of the District of Columbia, where he taught in and chaired the Department of Urban Studies. In 1985, he went to George Mason University, where he served as Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Associate Senior Vice President.