Camden, NJ—An assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Business—Camden has been named as one of the best business professors under 40-years-old.

Oscar Holmes IV, an assistant professor of management, was selected as one of the “40 Best Business Professors Under 40” by, the university announced Tuesday.

A participant of The PhD Project, which recruits minority professionals from business into doctoral programs, Holmes received his doctorate in management from the University of Alabama in 2013. His research explores ways in which leaders can improve productivity and well-being through fostering inclusive environments that mitigate interpersonal and organizational threats.

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His work at Rutgers—Camden includes civic engagement projects and the Rutgers University Student Executive [RUSE] program, which gives South Jersey high school students an opportunity to get a taste of college life and learn about business topics.

Holmes, 36, is one of only 157 male, African-American management professors in U.S. business schools. He teaches courses in leadership and organizational behavior to undergraduate and MBA students at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, the first South Jersey institution to earn accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International.

“With so many amazing faculty members who I admire having been named to the list, I am absolutely ecstatic to have been bestowed this honor,” said Holmes.

He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and his master of liberal arts degree from the University of Richmond in 2005.

Founded by the KPMG Foundation in 1994, The PhD Project has helped increase the number of minority business professors in the United States from 294 to 1,456. is a news website devoted to the coverage of business schools and MBA programs.