News that the Conservative movement may suspend its college outreach program has inspired Rutgers University Hillel to fast-track a fundraising drive to establish a Conservative educator position.

The idea of a dedicated campus professional and programming was first conceived last fall, when about two dozen Conservative rabbis from across the state met with Hillel staff to brainstorm, said executive director Andrew Getraer.

The project took on new urgency after word broke last month that the budget committee of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism will recommend that funding for its Koach college program be suspended.

United Synagogue’s governing board meets this Sunday to reduce the organization’s deficit and consider the recommendation.