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Rutgers University Appoints It's First Ever Black President in 253 Years

Jonathan Holloway, president of Rutgers University

Jonathan Holloway, who formally served as the dean of Yale College, has been appointed the 21st president of Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is the first African American to become president of the University in the institution's 253-year history.
Holloway has served as Northwestern University provost since 2017. He is Northwestern’s chief academic officer, overseeing educational policies and academic priorities, preparation of the annual budget and faculty appointments and promotions at the Big Ten institution which includes a highly ranked medical school and numerous other nationally and internationally recognized educational programs.

Holloway received a bachelor’s degree with honors in American Studies from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in History from Yale University. He began his academic career at the University of California, San Diego, before joining the faculty at Yale in 1999. In 2017, he also began serving as Northwestern University's provost. He was Northwestern’s chief academic officer, overseeing educational policies and academic priorities, preparation of the annual budget and faculty appointments and promotions at the Big Ten institution which includes a highly ranked medical school and numerous other nationally and internationally recognized educational programs.

As an eminent historian, Holloway has authored many books including Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002) and Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940 (2013), both published by the University of North Carolina Press.

He also edited Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (NYU Press, 2005) and coedited Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century (Notre Dame University Press, 2007).

In addition, he wrote the introduction for the 2015 edition of Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (Yale University Press).