Showing posts with label Jonathan Holloway Rutgers President. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jonathan Holloway Rutgers President. Show all posts

Monday, July 06, 2020

Rutgers University is named for a slave owner: School’s first Black president says the name will stay

Jonathan Holloway, who last week became the first Black president in Rutgers University’s 254 year history, said he has no plans to change the school’s name, which honors a man who owned slaves.

But he did use his first press conference, which took place indoors on the school’s New Brunswick campus Monday, to say he hopes to increase diversity among faculty and have conversations about race and inclusion on campus as the nation grapples with racism and police brutality.

“We are not going to change the name of the university,” Holloway said, after speaking about plans keep the school mostly remote this fall as the coronavirus outbreak continues. “That does not mean I’m opposed to having a conversation about it.

Rutgers, founded as Queen’s College in 1766, has three halls named for former presidents who were slave owners and anti-abolitionists. And the university’s namesake, Revolutionary War hero and philanthropist from New York City, Henry Rutgers, owned slaves, too.

Holloway said many of the initial attempts to diversify Rutgers will likely include back office changes, particularly with most students staying off campus this fall. He said he hopes to have conversations with students about the campus’s past, but does not see the name as one that determines the school’s legacy.

“The reason we’re not going to change the name is that names have value that exceed someone’s existence,” Holloway said.

“If I were to walk around feeing bludgeoned by every name I see, I couldn’t get out of bed.”

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Rutgers University will name its first black president

Rutgers University is set to name its first black president, Jonathan Holloway, provost of Northwestern University and a former Stanford football player, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Holloway will be named president on Tuesday, pending formal approval by the university’s Board of Governors, according to four sources who have knowledge of the selection but were not authorized to speak on the record.

According to his official Northwestern University biography, Holloway received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he played on the football team alongside Sen. Cory Booker. He received his Ph. D. in history from Yale University, whose faculty he joined in 1999. Before being named provost of Northwestern in August 2017, he served as the Dean of Yale College.

[Source: NJ.COM]