Jonathan Holloway is president of Rutgers University.
He was formally inaugurated earlier this month in a ceremony delayed more than a year by COVID-19. At the ceremony, he spoke about how greater access — combined with research and public service — can drive change.
“Our daily news cycles have left us with a national rhetoric about politics,
knowledge, citizenship and service that seems to take delight in mocking efforts
to shore up institutions, to pursue ideas, to disagree civilly, to serve the common good and to share in our wealth. I despair at this state of affairs, but
instead of seeing colleges and universities as a manifestation of all that is wrong
in our society, I see them as all that can be right.”