Multiple sources close to Morehouse College’s Board of Trustees have confirmed that interim president William “Bill” Taggart died last night.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bill Taggart, a beloved colleague, father and friend whom I’ve known for many years,” said Willie Woods, ’85, Chairman of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. “For the past two years, Bill devoted himself wholeheartedly to Morehouse College and we were pleased when he assumed the role of Interim President. We are eternally grateful for his loyal support, counsel and the leadership he provided to students, faculty and alumni.”
Taggart was officially named as interim president in April following the ouster of former president John Silvanus Wilson, which originally drew national headlines in March when the former chief operating officer was initially named as interim president by former board chairman Robert Davidson.
The Howard University alumnus and former president and CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Company joined the Morehouse administration in July 2015 as the campus’ chief operating officer, with executive oversight of the school’s fundraising operations. In May, Taggart spoke about the College’s effort to move forward and to embrace change.