Introducing... Cornerstone—Transforming the Way We Work at Rutgers

May 26, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Our administrative information systems—Finance, Human Resources and Payroll, and Procurement—are the bedrock of the University’s business operations. Modernizing these systems, and the processes and organizational structures that support them, will enhance how we work together as one Rutgers.

In recent months, hundreds of employees from Camden, New Brunswick, Newark and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) have been working closely with project teams to design, build, and test the new systems. These groups are charting the evolution business practices, and partnering with senior leaders to identify the organizational structures we need in place for the future.

Today, we are launching Cornerstone—the website for our multi-year strategic project to transform our administrative information systems. We are leveraging best practice technology solutions to dramatically improve how we work, collaborate and deliver outstanding services to the University. How we operationalize these changes will become the cornerstone of our performance and sustainability well into the future.

Browse the Cornerstone website to learn more about the projects for: Budget Planning and Forecasting, Financial Management, Human Resources and Payroll; and Procurement and Expense Management. Download communications materials to discuss with colleagues at meetings in your school, department or unit. In the coming weeks and months, the site will become more robust with project updates, as well as details on road shows and training.

We are in a period of immense change and opportunity, and the next few months will be intense as we develop our new business model. We all have an important role in ensuring Cornerstone successfully delivers more effective, efficient, and responsive operations. I encourage you to stay connected through the website, email communications, and information sessions.

We welcome your feedback. Please send your suggestions and questions to


Mike Gower

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
University Treasurer