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Rutgers Names First Black Chancellor


Rutgers University’s board has appointed the school’s first Black chancellor.

Dr. Wendell Pritchett will be the top official on Rutgers’ Camden campus when he starts June 30. He has been a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania law school since 2001. He served as associate dean for academic affairs at Penn Law from 2006 to 2008, focusing on faculty development and the quality of the student experience.

The 44-year-old holds a bachelor’s from Brown University, a law degree from Yale Law School, and a doctorate in history from Penn. Last year, he published a biography of the first African-American cabinet secretary, Robert Clifton Weaver.

Pritchett has served in the administration of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and on a task force for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

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