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Rutgers Hopeful New School President Will Raise Athletics' Profile

Rutgers hired Northwestern Provost Jonathan Holloway as the school's President, a move which gives hope that Rutgers sports "finally will have an ally" in the school's administration, according to Steve Politi of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Holloway replaces outgoing President Robert Barchi, who either "never understood the value of big-time athletics or flat out refused to accept it." That is why news that Barchi was retiring at the end of the '19-20 school year was "such a welcome announcement for people around Rutgers athletics." Holloway has "cut his teeth at two universities -- Stanford and Northwestern -- that have proven" that athletic and academic excellence "do not have to be mutually exclusive." Rutgers "jumped at the chance to join the Big Ten and compete with the best," but the school has only recently "seemed ready to embrace everything that means." Holloway "arrives from a university that saw the value of a winning athletic program." That alone "feels like a clear upgrade" for the school (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/20). A Rutgers official said that the university's presidential search committee "picked Holloway because he understands what it takes to thrive in both academics and athletics in the Big Ten Conference" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/20).