The new president at Rutgers University faces a seemingly unending list of challenges and opportunities in the best of times.
These are not the best of times.
Jonathan Holloway took over as the new head of Rutgers University on July 1 in the middle of a pandemic and an examination of social inequality and racial justice — two issues that both impacted the economy and our day-to-day lives.
Holloway, who has given just a handful of interviews since starting the job, will be the keynote speaker at the Middlesex County 2020 Business Summit — a virtual event that will take place Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
In addition to talking about how he’s transitioned into his new role and begun to lead Rutgers through the COVID-19 pandemic, Holloway also is expected to discuss the challenges Rutgers is facing in the future. Most of all, Holloway will be asked about how leadership is so important in these times.
Following Holloway will be an all-star panel discussing how doing business in Middlesex County and the state has changed:
- Bill Rodgers, chief economist at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, on the impact this will have on employment;
- Debbie Hart, CEO of BioNJ, on the impact this will have on bio/life science companies/future in the state;
- Christiana Foglio, CEO of Community Investment Strategies Inc., on the impact this will have on the residential market, with a special nod toward senior housing, rental and low-income housing;
- Luis De La Hoz, chairman of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, on the impact this will have on the underserved and underbanked population;
- Jose Lozano, CEO of Choose New Jersey, on the impact this will have on domestic and global recruitment of companies.
The event is hosted by Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ron Rios and Deputy Director Kenneth Armwood, who is the chair of the county’s business innovation, education and opportunity committee.
Tom Bergeron, the editor of ROI-NJ, will serve as moderator.