Office of the President

I was delighted to receive a vote of confidence from the Morehouse College Board of Trustees at the meeting this past weekend! Together, we have accomplished much over the course of the past 2 1⁄2 years since my return to Dear Old Morehouse.

We have continued to stabilize enrollment and brought in our largest incoming class since 2009 this fall. We have improved our campus network to be 10 times faster and in some locations up to 40 times faster.

We have partnered with our leading experts on the board to improve our financial condition and position us for future growth.

We have completed a $3.2 million cafeteria renovation with five branded concepts – Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Freshens, Papa John’s and Which-Wich.

And we have brought a renewed focus to Morehouse College leading the way on creating diversity in the innovation economy.

As Trustee Dan Cathy expressed to me today, “Morehouse is a unique and critical institution. We are at an inflection point and we have a special opportunity to shift this institution and become a more powerful and transformative force in Atlanta, the nation and the world. Under the leadership of President Wilson, an outstanding team has converged and there is significant momentum for realizing the new preeminence we all have in mind. I look forward to being a part of it.”

And as Trustee Lieutenant General Hall similarly stated today “Morehouse has always been a mainstay in producing exemplary men. Dr. Wilson and the campus leadership are continuing to do that in a way that meets the challenges of this 21st century. As an alumnus, trustee and former member of the administration, I look forward to the boundless opportunities that lie before us under Dr. Wilson’s leadership.”

However, much more remains to be done.

We must continue to improve our embrace of these young men and enhance their on-campus experience.

We must secure the types of investments from our friends in the philanthropic community, Silicon Valley and the local Atlanta area whose missions and purposes are aligned with what we do here at Morehouse.

We must bolster our support for our faculty and curriculum innovations to ensure that our students leave here prepared to meet the challenges of this world.

And we must all work together on this path to preeminence as A ‘House United . . . One Morehouse.

With the support and active engagement of the entire Morehouse Family, over the coming years, I am confident that we can and shall realize the World of our Dreams!

Onward and Upward,

John S. Wilson
President, Morehouse College


July 2, 2013

From the Office of the President
Statement Regarding the Passing of Dr. William H. Gray III

The Morehouse College community pauses to reflect on the life and legacy of former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, who passed away suddenly on Monday, July 1.  Dr. Gray was a respected member of the United States Congress and was the first African American to become majority whip in the United States House of Representatives.  During his six terms in Congress, Gray was the fourth highest-ranking  member of the House. He resigned in 1991 to accept the position of President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund.  Gray is credited with raising more than $2.3 billion while he led the fund from 1991 to 2004. Prior to his tenure in the political arena and at UNCF, Gray served as the pastor of the Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

Our prayers of strength and peace are with his wife, Andrea and three sons, William IV, Justin and Andrew, during this time.

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. '79


June 14, 2013

President Wilson Responds to Morehouse Shooting Incident

Dear Morehouse Community:

I regret to inform you that on Thursday, June 13, there was a shooting near the Morehouse campus in which one of our students was killed and another man wounded.

The Atlanta Police Department’s Homicide Unit is conducting a thorough investigation in order to bring the perpetrators to justice as swiftly as possible. We are fully cooperating with them to maintain a level of confidentiality that preserves the integrity of the investigation. As soon as we can share more information with you we will.

Under any circumstance, the loss of a young life is difficult to accept. But tragedies such as this demand that more be done to ensure the safety of our students.

To this end, I am committed to continuing our efforts with the Atlanta Police to find new ways to address the problem of crime in the area. I am also committed to making sure that we, at Morehouse, do our part to create an environment defined by a high level of personal responsibility and zero tolerance for violence.

Under my leadership and with your help, we will ensure that Morehouse’s values are not just spoken, but embraced and demonstrated in every aspect of College life. As we continue to work toward this goal, I will keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you for your continued support.


John Silvanus Wilson Jr. '79
President, Morehouse College