NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An educator known as a trailblazer in academia is set to be selected as Rutgers' first black president.

Jonathan Holloway, 52, will be named to the university's top position, a Rutgers official told TAPinto New Brunswick on the condition of anonymity.

Rutgers spokeswoman Dory Devlin would not comment, but she said that a meeting with the university's Board of Governors and Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday to elect an "executive-level position."

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Holloway has served as provost of Northwestern University since Aug. 1, 2017.

Before that, he was the first black dean at Yale.

Robert Barchi confirmed at a Board of Governors meeting in July that he would be stepping down as the 20th president at Rutgers at the end of the academic year in June.

Barchi, 72, has been the university's president since 2012.

Northwestern University officials did not reply to TAPinto New Brunswick's request seeking comment.

Gov. Murphy took to Twitter on Sunday to welcome Holloway, although his hiring has not been made official by Rutgers.

"Thrilled that @RutgersU is set to name Jonathan Holloway, Provost of @NorthwesternU, as its President. During our conversations, Dr. Holloway clearly showed he had the vision & experience to put the needs of students first & lead Rutgers to the next level."