Jerome H. Holland

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Jerome "Brud" Holland
Date of birth January 9, 1916
Place of birth Auburn, New York
Date of death January 13, 1985(1985-01-13) (aged 69)
Place of death New York, New York
Career information
Position(s) End
College Cornell University

Jerome Heartwell "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 became 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]


  2. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  3. Williams, Clarence G. (2001). Technology and the Dream: Reflections on the Black Experience at MIT, 1941-1999. The MIT Press. p. 1. ISBN 026223212X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Retrieved 2007-09-08.


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Womack Heath
U.S. Ambassador to Sweden
Succeeded by
Robert Strausz-Hupé