First black man to serve as president in Rutgers History
Rutgers University today named Jonathan Holloway, the school’s 21st president and the first black man to hold the office. Rutgers was founded November 10, 1766.
The Rutgers Board of Governors approved Holloway’s appointment during a joint meeting of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. Holloway will begin serving as president on July 1, succeeding President Robert Barchi who began his tenure in September 2002.
The 52-year-old Holloway has served as provost of Northwestern University since 2017. He also is Northwestern’s chief academic officer, overseeing educational policies and academic priorities, preparation for the annual budget, faculty appoints and promotions.
Before joining Northwestern, he was dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies at Yale University.
At Northwestern, he also is a professor of History and African American studies, specializing in post-emancipation social and intellectual United States history.
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 Yale’s faculty in 1993.
He is the author or coeditor of a number of books, including “Confronting the Veil Abram Harris, Jr., E. Franklin Frazier and Ralph Bunch, 1919-1947.”
Holloway also edited Bunche’s “A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership.” Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has more than 71,000 students.