As Rutgers transforms, philosophy gets a boost

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University is getting $3 million for a new professor of philosophy.

The position will become the first humanities faculty job to be funded with a $27 million pledge made three years ago to create named faculty chairs across a number of fields.

The anonymous donor is paying half the cost of the position. Rutgers announced last week that the Mellon Foundation would fund the other half.

The university is holding up the new position to show that humanities are still important at Rutgers even as the school aims to become a powerhouse in biomedical research.

Rutgers' philosophy program is ranked as one of the best in the English-speaking world.

The school hopes to have the new endowed professor in place by fall 2015.

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