NEW BRUNSWICK,  N.J. — 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 TAPintoNewBrunswick 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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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 specializes in History and African American Studies with emphasis on post-emancipation U.S. history, according to Northwestern's website. 

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Holloway received a bachelor’s degree with honors in American Studies from Stanford and a PhD 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 New Brunswick's request seeking comment.

Holloway's impending hiring at Rutgers was first reported by nj.com.