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Thursday, 8 October 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " JEROME H. HOLLAND " WAS AN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT AND DIPLOMAT : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Jerome H. Holland


Jerome "Brud" Holland
Date of birthJanuary 9, 1916
Place of birthAuburn, New York
Date of deathJanuary 13, 1985 (aged 69)
Place of deathNew York, New York
Career information
Position(s)End
CollegeCornell University
  • College Football Hall of Fame
Jerome Heartwood "Brud" Holland (January 9, 1916 – January 13, 1985) was an American university president and diplomat; he was the first African American to play football at Cornell University (1939), the first to sit on the board of the New York Stock Exchange (1972), and the first appointed to Massachusetts Institute of Technology's governing body, t he Corporation.[1][2][3]After graduating Cornell and teaching at Lincoln University, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his PhD in 1950. In 1953, he came president of Delaware State College, serving six years before transitioning to Hampton Institute, where he was president from 1960 to 1970. In that year, he became ambassador to Sweden under President Richard Nixon.
He became a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965. In 1972, the NCAA awarded Holland its Theodore Roosevelt Award.[4]