Churchill Alum Named Rutgers’ First Black President

Winston Churchill High School alumnus and former football star Jonathan Holloway has been named the first black president of Rutgers University in its 254 year history. He is also the first person of color ever to be named president at the New Jersey school. Holloway, 52, will be the 21st president at Rutgers. He will start July 1. 

             Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

Holloway was an All-Met defensive end at Churchill graduating in 1985. His brother Brian preceded him at the Potomac school and was a three-time Pro Bowl player for the New England Patriots in the 1980’s.

The younger Holloway earned his bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University, where he played football with Sen. Cory Booker. Booker, the first black U.S. senator from New Jersey, tweeted his congratulations to Holloway. 

Holloway earned his Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and joined its faculty in 1999. He became the first black dean for the university in 2014. Most recently, Holloway was the provost for Northwestern University. 


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Maryam Shahzad

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Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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