Internationally Acclaimed Poet A. Van Jordan Named as First Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor

Lawrence Lerner

Award-winning poet A. Van Jordan has been appointed the first Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor by the Board of Governors. Acclaimed for his sweeping breadth of vision and depth of insight, Jordan will join the Rutgers University–Newark Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the Department of English in fall 2014.

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi spoke to the significance of this appointment:

“The Henry Rutgers Presidential Professorships, established in the first 100 days of the Strategic Plan as part of the initiative to augment faculty excellence, are intended to build on Rutgers’ strengths by recruiting preeminent senior scholars whose work advances the plan’s goals. The recruitment of A. Van Jordan, whose broad body of poetry has garnered national and international accolades, directly addresses the plan’s integrating theme that targets the arts and human experience.  This is an auspicious and exemplary opening appointment for Rutgers’ new signature faculty recruitment program.”

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