College Statements

College Statement: Morehouse College Partners with NFL and RISE for "Advocacy In Sport Workshop"

December 5, 2017

In February 2018, Morehouse College will be the epicenter of a landmark effort by the National Football League and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) to galvanize the advocacy efforts of professional athletes. The College is partnering with the NFL and RISE to host the “Advocacy In Sport Workshop” from Feb. 21-23.

College Statement from Interim President Martin '02

November 10, 2017

Dear Morehouse community,

This week, a social media campaign on Twitter and anonymous letters posted on campus made allegations of sexual misconduct at Morehouse College. I do not take these allegations lightly. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are serious issues nationally, in the workplace and on college campuses.

Board of Trustees Appoints 12th President of Morehouse College

October 16, 2017

The Morehouse College Board of Trustees voted Sunday to name Dr. David A. Thomas as the 12th President of Morehouse College, ushering in a new era of leadership for the 150-year-old historically black institution. Dr. Thomas is the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the former Dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Morehouse College Presidential Search Update

August 29, 2017

We would like to share that we have made terrific progress in our efforts to find a permanent President for Morehouse College. The Presidential Search Committee continues to work diligently and is making progress to identify, vet, and recommend candidates for consideration and approval by the Morehouse Board of Trustees. On behalf of the Search Committee, we are excited to provide you with a progress report, as well as, the projected timeline to select the new President. Thanks to the strong work of our executive search firm Isaacson, Miller the process continues to move forward successfully.   

Statement Regarding Interim President William J. "Bill" Taggart

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of William J. “Bill” Taggart, a beloved colleague, father and friend. For the past two years, Bill devoted himself wholeheartedly to Morehouse College. We are eternally grateful for his loyal support, counsel and the leadership he provided to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Leadership Changes at Morehouse College

April 7, 2017

Today, the Morehouse College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to make several major leadership changes within the Board and Administration of the College. While some of these actions were planned,the Board of Trustees voted today to immediately turn the page and begin the investment in a new future for Morehouse. With today’s actions, the Board acknowledges that it has heard the voices of students,faculty, alumni and many other key members of the Morehouse family, who have called upon all of those who love this historic institution to put aside our differences and put Morehouse and our mission first.

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Morehouse College Presidential Search Update

March 29, 2017

As announced earlier this month, the Board of Trustees is proceeding as planned to identify and recommend a new President of Morehouse College, following its firm decision to invest in a new future for Morehouse.

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President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 to Serve Through End of Contract

Morehouse College has issued the following statement to clarify the College’s leadership and transition plan:

Morehouse College Board of Trustee Chaiman Robert C. Davidson, Jr. said Wednesday that President John Wilson will fulfill the remainder of his contract and serve as President of the College until June 30, 2017. 

UPDATE: Morehouse College Leadership Transition

March 6, 2017

As Morehouse College  continues its legacy as a world class institution of higher education, the Board of Trustees along with Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. ’79 remain focused on a smooth transition of leadership. Earlier today, the chairman of the Board of Trustees issued a statement on the first steps of the transition process.

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OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT: Statement on HBCU Presidents Visit to White House

March 1, 2017

To The Morehouse College Community:   

I spent the last two days in meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill.  As some of you may know, all HBCU presidents were invited to a dialogue with President Trump and his new administration about support for HBCUs.  Most of the 104 HBCU presidents attended, including all presidents from the Georgia-based HBCUs.

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Re: Statement in Response to Executive Order on Immigration on January 27, 2017

January 30, 2017

Dear Members of the Morehouse Community:

Over the weekend, President Trump signed an executive order designed to temporarily restrict immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and indefinitely suspend entry of Syrian refugees into the U.S.  The widespread uncertainty, confusion and angst surrounding this presidential action renders it troubling to many, including those in our Morehouse community.

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ATLANTA – JANUARY 25, 2017 – The Morehouse College Board of Trustees announced that it has formed a search committee to commence the process of identifying and recommending a new President for Morehouse College. The search committee will also engage an outside professional search firm to identify potential candidates for the role.

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Morehouse Board of Trustees Announces Leadership Change

ATLANTA – January 15, 2017 – The Morehouse College Board of Trustees and President John Wilson announce that Dr. Wilson will complete his service as President of Morehouse College when his contract ends in June 2017. Dr. Wilson will pass the baton to a new President allowing that person to build on his recent achievements as Morehouse enters its 150th year celebration.

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Message regarding End of Year Appeal Letter

December 23, 2016

Earlier this week, our end of the year appeal letter was mailed out by our selected vendor with a formatting error.  In addition, the vendor mailed a version of the letter intended for graduates of the College to a group of college supporters who are not alumni—again, in error. 

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Free Speech, Academic Freedom and the Faculty

October 28, 2016

At Morehouse College, we firmly believe in the value of a diversity of thought and approach in the process of teaching, learning and student development. Similarly, we support the free expression of opinion by members of its community, even opinions that may differ from that of the institution. The former, those thoughts and activities that are part of the student experience, are a matter of academic freedom, while the latter, those ideas expressed in the context of one’s personal engagement with the world, are a matter of free speech.

Statement on the Passing of Officer James Moody

We regret to inform you that Officer James Moody, who has been with the Morehouse College Campus Police Department since August 2007, passed away this afternoon.

Morehouse Leaders Fully Support Their College President

For media inquiries, contact:
Cathy C. Tyler, (404) 263-2222 or


October 8, 2016

ATLANTA, GA -- A two-day Morehouse College Board of Trustees meeting this weekend ended with both the Board Chair and President of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association reaffirming their full support of the College’s 11th president, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79.

2016 S&P Global Ratings Affirmed Morehouse College’s A-Bond Rating

August 18, 2016

Report commends Morehouse for stabilizing its senior-level management team and aptly observes that strengthening enrollment is one of the top priorities of the management team.

The August 17, 2016 S&P Global Ratings affirmed the A- rating on the Fulton County Development Authority bonds for Morehouse College. In affirming Morehouse’s A- rating, the S & P report reflects the progress that the College is making in addressing the significant challenges of recent years. The factors specified as the rationale for the affirmation, include an assessment of “Morehouse College’s enterprise profile as strong characterized by good matriculation, solid geographic diversity, and early indications of a stabilizing enrollment base.” Additional factors cited are S & P’s assessment of Morehouse’s “financial profile as adequate” and “the college’s conservative debt portfolio and good balance sheet resources.”  S & P summarizes its rationale for the A- rating by stating “in our opinion the A- rating on the college’s bonds better reflects Morehouse’s available resources for the rating category and the expectation the college’s operations will continue toward break-even performance on a full accrual basis.”

Statement on Moody’s Report

August 8, 2016

The August 8, 2016 Moody’s report, regarding the Ba1 rating of Morehouse’ College’s $37 million Series 2007 revenue bonds, highlights the significant progress made over the past three years in stabilizing and beginning a turnaround of the College’s financial performance. Moody’s report crystalizes the critical and known challenges that lie ahead for continued improvement. The report validates the wisdom and imperative of “establishing more of a philanthropic based business model through planned growth of endowment and unrestricted giving,” as the current College leadership has done.

President's Statement to the Community

May 4, 2016

Dear Men of Morehouse and the entire Morehouse Community:

I am deeply troubled by the recent allegations that have been anonymously stated on Twitter alleging that a Spelman student was assaulted by four unidentified Morehouse students. At Morehouse, we take seriously all allegations of sexual assault and we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that our students and students throughout the Atlanta University Center are encouraged to report any such incidents. Both our Office of Campus Safety and the Title IX Office have been activated to fully investigate the allegations with the limited information that we have. 

Statement on Sexual Assault Allegations Posted to Social Media May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016 

Morehouse College takes any allegation of sexual assault involving our students or other community members seriously. Through our Office of Public Safety and Title IX Office, we work to ensure we fully investigate each and every claim of sexual assault that arises involving our campus.  Today, there is a trending discussion about an alleged sexual assault on social media involving Morehouse College.  The allegations are quite serious and Morehouse openly welcomes the reporting of any such allegation for a full and swift investigation. 

Contact Information:
Cathy Tyler,
Executive Director of Strategic Communications 


March 8, 2016

In response to last semester’s student activism, the College made a number of promises to advance our approach to handling sexual misconduct cases; mature our collective perspective on women in society; and support our LGBTQ community.  To state the obvious, we began the process of holding a mirror to our community and realized that we have a lot of important work ahead of us in order to adhere to our mission, and to continue to achieve character preeminence as a college, and within our graduates.  The following is a progress report on some of those commitments we made last semester.

Letter to Community from President John Silvanus Wilson

November 25, 2015

To All Morehouse College Students and the Larger Morehouse Community:

As I reflect upon the dynamism of the last two weeks, this has begun to feel like a resurgent moment in our College’s long and illustrious history.

Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit with us, as part of his “It’s on US” tour, was both a rebuke of sexual violence and a call for all of us to play a more active role in ending sexual assault in our college community. A day later, one of our developing new students posted a disparaging and grossly insensitive letter in social media space that reminded us how hurtful and harmful words can be. Yet hours after that ill-advised posting, there was a stern rebuke as men of Morehouse joined 300 other students of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) to demonstrate on the steps of our college’s most historically significant building, Graves Hall. And in so doing, our community admirably restated and re-confirmed our long-held commitment to principles of equality and justice.