Rutgers University will soon appoint its first black president.
The college’s Board of Governors is set to appoint Jonathan Holloway, the provost of Northeastern University, to fill outgoing President Bob Barchi’s post Tuesday.
Barchi announced he intended to step down after the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year. He spent eight years heading the state’s largest university.
Shortly after Barchi announced his impending retirement, State Sens. Sandra Cunningham and Teresa Ruiz, who chair the Senate Higher Education and Education committees, respectively, said they would like his successor to be a woman or person of color.
Senate President Steve Sweeney celebrated Holloway’s impending appointment.
“The expected selection of Dr. Jonathan Holloway as the next President of Rutgers will be an historic move that reflects admirably on Rutgers and the State of New Jersey. Coming close to Martin Luther King Day adds meaning to the fact that Dr. Holloway will be the first African American to lead New Jersey’s State University. Everyone in New Jersey can take pride in the progress of this appointment,” Sweeney said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Holloway in a new era of educational excellence and social achievement.”