Office of the President

President's Biography

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With more than 30 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, higher education, boutique firms and federal government agencies, William J. Taggart has distinguished himself as a result-driven leader in both public and private sectors.

William Taggart assumed the role of Interim President on April 7, 2017. He had been the Chief Operating Officer of Morehouse since 2015. 

As the first Executive-In-Residence and COO of Morehouse College, William reported directly to the President of Morehouse College and worked closely with the Board of Trustees. His primary responsibilities were to lead and transform the institutional development, technology, campus operations, and human resources functions of the college. In addition, William served as the external relations liaison to the Atlanta business and civic community, corporate America and global philanthropic organizations.

As CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Group (ALFG), Taggart led the transformation of the 110 year old firm that resulted in profits increasing over 700%, net margins growing from 3% to 24%, while doubling the firm's total equity and reinstituting the corporate dividend to shareholders.

Prior to joining Atlanta Life Financial Group, Taggart served as Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), appointed by U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. During his tenure, Taggart successfully led FSA through the most significant period of growth in its history. Taggart grew federal aid to 15 million college students from $96 to $150 billion dollars annually. In addition, Taggart led an agency transformation that resulted in cost savings of $68 billion dollars over 10 years. FSA's current loan portfolio that exceeds $1 trillion dollars and services over 92+ million loans across 30+ million borrowers.

Taggart’s experience also includes several leadership posts with Wachovia Corporation, First Union Corporation and International Business Machines (IBM).

Taggart, an Atlanta native, earned his BBA from Howard University and received MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds an honorary doctorate in business from Morris Brown College.

He is active in various business and civic organizations to include: 100 Black Men of America and Rotary Club of Atlanta. William is a board member of the following: Atlanta Business League, The Carter Center, Woodruff Arts Center, Westside Future Fund, Carver Bank and Children Healthcare of Atlanta.  In addition, He is a life member of National Black MBA Association and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.