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Jonathan Holloway Named First Black President of Rutgers University

Jonathan Holloway, provost of Northwestern University, has been named the first Black president of Rutgers University.

Holloway, 52, will start in his new position July 1 after being approved by the Rutgers Board of Governors. He will succeed Robert Barchi, who has been at the helm at Rutgers University since September 2012.

“I was drawn to the opportunity at Rutgers University because of its amazing history, its foundation of excellence in teaching and its ambition to continue conducting life-changing research that improves our communities, our country and our world,” Holloway said.

Holloway received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he played on the football team alongside Sen. Cory Booker. He received his doctorate in history from Yale University, whose faculty he joined in 1999. Before being named provost of Northwestern in August 2017, Holloway served as the dean of Yale College.

He is also an elected member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians.

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