NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—The outgoing president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will apparently become the new leader of New Jersey's flagship public university.

Rutgers University officials had refused to say who the school's new president would be, saying only that the appointment would be considered Wednesday during a special Board of Governors meeting.

However, the Star-Ledger of Newark ( reports that a photo of Robert Barchi was briefly uploaded Tuesday to the Rutgers media relations website. It was removed after a Star-Ledger reporter inquired about the photo, which carried a file name that said "Barchi approved."

University officials would not comment on the appointment or the photo. But two sources with knowledge of the selection process later told the newspaper that Barchi was the candidate going before the board for approval.

If approved, Barchi would succeed Richard McCormick, who has led Rutgers since 2002. McCormick is due to step down July 1, but will remain on campus as a member of the history faculty.

Barchi, a neurologist, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Barchi had announced last year that he would step down as president of Thomas Jefferson this June after eight years in office. According to the university, he had planned to take a yearlong sabbatical before returning as a full-time member of the school's faculty.


Information from: The Star-Ledger,