Rutgers selects Holloway to be its next president (UPDATED)

Current Northwestern provost also served as longtime dean at Yale

By Tom Bergeron
New Brunswick | Jan 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Updated

Rutgers University will announce it has selected Jonathan Holloway as its new president later this week, two people familiar with the news confirmed to ROI-NJ.

The news was first reported by NJ Advance Media.

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Robert Barchi, president of Rutgers University.

The announcement will come Tuesday, following formal approval by the university’s board of governors.

Holloway, 52, currently serves as provost at Northwestern University, a position he has held since August 2017. Prior to that, Holloway worked at Yale University for nearly two decades, according to his bio on the Northwestern website.

Holloway, who joined the faculty at Yale in 1999, was the dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies.

Gov. Phil Murphy, in an afternoon tweet, said he was “thrilled” that Holloway will be the next president at Rutgers.

“Thrilled that Rutgers is set to name Jonathan Holloway, Provost at Northwestern, as its next President. During our conversations, Dr. Holloway clearly showed he had the vision & experience to put the needs of students first & lead Rutgers to the next level,” Murphy said.

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.

Holloway does not have any formal ties to New Jersey, but, at Stanford, he played on the football team with current U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.

Holloway will replace President Robert Barchi, who will step down at the end of the current school year. Holloway will be the first African American to lead Rutgers.

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