All posts by JL Carter Sr

Founding Editor of the HBCU Digest
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Morgan State Presidential Failures Reveal Board Improprieties

The following is Part Two of a three-part series chronicling leadership struggles at Morgan State University, Maryland’s largest historically Black university. Read part one here

In February 2014, Morgan State University President David Wilson joined a panel of Baltimore-Washington metropolitan-area college presidents at the annual regional conference of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The discussion was centered around “the current state of American secondary and postsecondary educa­tion and its impact on philanthropic support, constituent engagement, and public perception.”

In response to a question on what presidents now know that they didn’t know before coming into the position, Wilson responded with his take on board relations.

“One thing you have to be aware of is the politics of the board. And I’m not just talking about politics in the sense of political affiliation, democrat or republican, but the relationships; the egos and the agendas of board members. Knowing and understanding who is related to whom, what interests does each board member represent in filling that position, are critical to success as a president.”
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Harris-Stowe State Should be Part of the Solution to Failures in Ferguson

If there is no other take away from Ferguson, Missouri; a town where African-Americans comprise two-thirds of the population but none of its municipal electorate and less than five percent of its police force, its that Black folks need an engine to jumpstart our own destiny.

13 miles away from Ferguson is Harris-Stowe State University, one of two historically Black institutions in Missouri. All eyes should be on HSSU as class returns to session, and raging tempers, hopefully, transform into action for civil justice. Harris-Stowe is known for its criminal justice program, and should be a leading voice of criticism in how the city has botched police action, and on how the citizens have completely muted their own voices in the political process.
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