- Jonathan Holloway, an African-American, made history on Tuesday, 21 January, as he was made the first black president of Rutgers University
- The development would make it the first time such will be happening in the school's long history
- Mark Angelson, the chairman of the board of governors, described him as the perfect person for the post
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Big history was made on Tuesday, January 21, as top US higher institution, Rutgers University, chose its first African-American president, Jonathan Holloway.
With the appointment, Jonathan becomes the school’s 21st president after he had the biggest majority votes, CNN reports.
In describing the African-American, the chairman of the board of governors, Mark Angelson, called him a thoughtful person with an extraordinary and decisive vision.
He was also said to be one with distinct integrity that would ensure the school’s tradition of being a centre of academic excellence continues.
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"He leads with remarkable integrity, and is just the right person to build upon Rutgers' long tradition as an academic and research powerhouse," the chairman said.
Jonathan who expressed how glad he is of the new position said that he was amazed by the school’s mission for inculcating excellence and making research projects that better communities.
"Please know in everything that I do here I expect to be held to the same high standards to which I will hold others, and that I dare presume exist here already,” he said.
The African-American also talked about how he once shared one of his successes with his now-deceased mom when he was in graduate school some 29 years ago, ending with “Mom, I got the job”.
He will be replacing Robert Barchi, a neurologist, who has served as the president of the school since 2012.
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