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Morehouse Board Officers, President Resign in Massive Leadership Transition
April 7, 2017
The national controversy surrounding Morehouse College and the future of its leadership came to a surprising conclusion this afternoon, as the entire officers group of the board of trustees and its president resigned this afternoon during a scheduled board meeting.
Board Chairman Robert Davidson and President John Silvanus Wilson stepped down from their respective positions effective immediately, and a new board chaired by Willie Woods announced William ‘Bill’ Taggart as interim president.
The controversial leadership battle ends after several weeks of tense reaction from the campus community and national media coverage, which has revealed a long history of bad communication between Dr. Wilson and the board.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week revealed portions of a letter written by executive consultants hired by Morehouse, who told the board that too many alumni with too many personal agendas were creating muddled views of fiduciary responsibility to the board, and that Dr. Wilson has been uneven in communication and transparency with the full board.
In March, the Rootpublished internal memos between the school’s executive leadership as a showcase of an improving institution plagued by executive infighting and personal dislike.
But according to financial documents available on the Morehouse website, total revenues and investments declined by more than $20 million between 2013 and 2015, which included more than $1 million lost in Pell Grant funding, $8 million lost in endowment returns, and just under $12 million lost in private grants on contracts.
Jarrett L. Carter Sr. is the Founding Editor of HBCUDigest.com, and the host of the HBCU Digest Radio podcast series. A native of Seat Pleasant, MD., Carter graduated from Morgan State University in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in English with a journalism concentration. Carter lives in Baltimore with his wife and three sons.