Office of the President

Presidential Highlights

  • Voted by Harvard alumni to serve a six-year term as a member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, becoming the first HBCU president or Morehouse Man with such an honor and opportunity 
  • Recruited a world-class senior administrative team, including a provost, vice president for Student Development, chief financial officer, chief operating officer, general counsel and others 
  • Invited by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation to serve as an Aspen Institute Fellow in June 2015 
  • Tapped as one of 20 leaders, to serve on the Carnegie Mellon University President’s Global Advisory Council 
  • Named No. 41 among the 100 Most Influential Atlantans of 2015 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle 
  • Invited to speak at the inaugural Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering in Dakar, Senegal, in March 2016 
  • Selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to serve as a keynote speaker at a January 2016 conference session titled, “Forging the Future: Emerging Approaches for Independent Higher Education” 
  • Selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the “Most Admired CEO in the Area of Education” 
  • Led the process to receive board approval in April 2014 for a new strategic plan to guide Morehouse into character and capital preeminence 

A World Class Team

  • Recruited the largest incoming class since 2009 
  • Morehouse Ranked #1 by BESTCOLLEGES.COM and among the Top 5 HBCUs by US News and World Report 
  • Hosted the first African American president of the United States, at the 2013 Commencement Exercise 
  • Morehouse Honda Campus All-Star team placed in the Top 5 at national competion level 
  • Morehouse Debate Team continues to rank at the top of national competitions 
  • Moot Court Team became the first HBCU to win the Moot Court National Championship in 2015 
  • Morehouse students made it to the Rhodes Scholarship interview stage in 2013 and 2014 
  • Morehouse Cross Country team won its 7th consecutive SIAC championship in November 2014 
  • Morehouse student selected as a prestigious Truman Scholar—the only student chosen from a historically black college or university 
  • Maroon Tiger student newspaper won top honors from the Georgia College Press Association 
  • Hosted the 2015 Platform Summit, featuring Jack Dorsey of Twitter; David Butler of The Coca-Cola Company; and David Drummond of Google 

Human Resources Developments

  • Established a talent acquisition and talent development strategy
  • Shifted hiring practices to a more strategic recruitment approach by encouraging all managers to make world-class hires throughout the organization

Faculty Developments

  • Received $1.2M Gates grant in support of student completion initiatives
  • Added a two-week January term to the academic calendar to provide unique academic opportunities

Student Developments

  • Recruited the largest incoming class since 2009 and then doubled the size of the Admissions Office by hiring three experienced recruiters
  • Deploying technologies that give students real-time access to data on their academic progress
  • Created a residential college with class and residential deans working with faculty to bring co-curricular and curricular activities into one seamless experience
  • Revamping Crown Forum, Freshman Orientation and the General Education curriculum to ensure better alignment and enhanced educational outcomes

IT Developments

  • Quadrupled the aggregate bandwidth available on campus
  • Moved to a central secure authentication system for all students, faculty and staff
  • Moved to a campus-wide, state-of-the-art Wi-Fi system to be completed in 2015, that can sustain up to 8 devices for each student

Campus Safety Development

  • The Atlanta Police Department has reported a 73% decrease in pedestrian robberies around the campus

Financial Developments

  • Redesigned and reengineered business and administrative processes and systems to improve efficiencies, internal controls, liquidity, and/or cash flow in such areas as enrollment management, travel, healthcare, insurance coverage, auditing, financial aid, year-end financials, etc.
  • Since FY12, the College has improved its Net Cash provided by Operating Activities: FY12 = ($11.2M), FY13 = ($1.0M), FY14 = $207k, and FY15 = $1.8M (preliminary)
  • Decreased total expenses by 15 percent from a peak of $95.6M in FY11
  • Decreased administrative overhead by 36 percent from its peak of $30M in FY11
  • Right-sized employee headcount; down from 639 in 2013 to 507 currently
  • Completed negotiations for new food service vendor, saving $350,000/year
  • Improved Composite Financial Index, which provides a stable long-term view of an institution’s financial performance, from 1.86 for FY12 to 4.22 in FY15 (preliminary) and on a scale from 1 to 10
  • Stabilized rating for Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s
  • Will soon complete a $6.8M line of credit

Facility Developments

  • Positioning the College to fund the institutional capital/deferred maintenance budget equal to depreciation expense; funding was increased from $546,641 in FY 2013 to $3 million in FY 2016
  • Installed a new gym floor and exercise equipment in Archer Hall, including six treadmills and seven elliptical machines
  • Title III-funded major renovations to HVAC systems, windows, and roofs in Dansby, Brawley and Wheeler halls
  • Completed $3.2M cafeteria renovation and added five nationally branded food concepts (Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Papa John’s, Which-Wich, and Freshens)
  • Replacing MLK Chapel roof; HVAC work will be done during winter break 2015, and inside renovations will be completed by early fall 2016

Partnering and Giving: On the Path to Preeminence 

  • After nine consecutive years of enrollment decline, saw increase for the first time in fall 2015
  • New technology partnerships in Silicon Valley
  • $5M gift for the Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel
  • Transitioned endowment portfolio to Goldman Sachs with a projected 2 percent annual improvement in returns
  • 3.4M joint-technology gift from the Board of Trustees and other donors to create state-of-the-art technology on campus
  • Organized more than 60 volunteers for reunion fundraising efforts
  • Created webpages, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for all reunion classes
  • Established first annual reunion recognition program to be held Homecoming week with 30% response rate thus far