NEW BRUNSWICK,  NJ -- An educator known as a trailblazer in academia is set to be selected as Rutgers's first black president.  Jonathan Holloway, 52, will be named to the university's top position, a Rutgers official told TAPinto on the condition of anonymity.  

While the votes have not been cast and the ink not yet dry, Governor Murphy couldn't contain his excitement over the hiring of a new school president at Rutgers University.

"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,"  Murphy stated in a tweet.

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Murphy is one of many praising the decision, which is anticipated on Tuesday. Holloway has an extensive background. His resume posted on Northwestern University's website includes his notable work:

"Provost Holloway is Professor of History and African American Studies. He specializes on post-emancipation United States history with a focus on social and intellectual history. He is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002) and Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940 (2013), both published by the University of North Carolina Press. He edited Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (NYU Press, 2005) and co-edited Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century (Notre Dame University Press, 2007). He wrote the introduction for the 2015 edition of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk (Yale University Press), has submitted a survey tentatively titled "The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of the African American Past" for Oxford University Press, and is working on a new book, A History of Absence: Race and the Making of the Modern World." 

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."

A former football player at Stanford University, Jonathan Holloway has served as provost of Northwestern University since Aug. 1, 2017. Before that, he was the first black dean at Yale. Holloway received a bachelor’s degree with honors in American Studies from Stanford and a doctoral degree in history from Yale. He began his academic career at the University of California - San Diego, before joining the faculty at Yale in 1999.

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's request seeking comment.