NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Jonathan Holloway has been many things over his life: Author, athlete, scholar and trailblazer - just to name a few.
Here are five things to know about Holloway, who is set to become the 21st president of Rutgers at a joint meeting of the university's Board of Governors and Board of Trustees on Tuesday:
1. He's an athlete.
Holloway was a highly regarded defensive back recruit at Stanford, following in the footsteps of his brother Brian.
Brian attained great success at Stanford before playing for eight seasons in the NFL. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection as an offensive tackle and played in Super Bowl XX with the New England Patriots.
Success on the gridiron was not in the cards for Jonathan. In an interview with the Daily Northwestern, he called himself "a complete scrub" who did not live up to expectations. One of the brightest moments came in his senior season when he was called upon to be the tight end on the scout team against Stanford's first-team defense.
2. He has an unusual connection to a well-known New Jersey politician.
While at Stanford, Holloway played with future NFL standouts such as Ed McCaffrey, Dave Wyman and Lester Archambeau. He also played with a guy named Cory Booker. Yes, that Cory Booker - the first black U.S. Senator from New Jersey, the former mayor of Newark and the would-be president who recently withdrew his bid for the Democratic nomination.
The connection goes deeper, it appears. In an interview with the Daily Northwestern, Holloway said he and Booker were recruited by the same Stanford scout.
3. He is highly educated.
According to Northwestern University, Holloway received a bachelor’s degree with honors in American studies from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. He began his academic career at the University of California before joining the faculty at Yale in 1999.
3. He's an author.
Much of Holloway's academic career has centered on African-American studies.
He has authored several books, including “Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941,” and “Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940.”
5. Gov. Phil Murphy seems excited about Holloway's arrival on the Banks of the Ol' Raritan.
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."