Morris Brown College has teamed up with Chick-fil-A, as the company commits to awarding the college a $500,000 gift to train student leaders. Through the award, students will participate in a leadership development program aimed at preparing them for a career in hospitality and organizational leadership.
According to a release, The two-year program teaches its participants to learn more about themselves, their coworkers, and business at large before they apply their knowledge in leadership positions.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Chick-fil-A, a tenured leader in the restaurant industry,” said Dr. Kevin James, President of Morris Brown College. “I look forward to Morris Brown being a direct pipeline of diverse leaders within the career fields of hospitality and organizational leadership for organizations like Chick-fil-A. My goal is for Morris Brown to become one of the top institutions in the country for Black and Brown people to learn how to own, operate, lead, and manage restaurants and hotels.”
The partnership with Chick-fil-A comes on the heels of Morris Brown becoming the only historically Black college and university nationwide with both a national hotel chain and hospitality management training program on its campus. A 150-key hotel will be built at Morris Brown to offer two food and beverage outlets, an outdoor terrace, and instructional space for the school’s hospitality students.
“One of our goals is to ensure that every student achieves their full potential,” said Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Chick-fil-A, Inc. “The foremost way in which they do so is through education; Chick-fil-A provides scholarships, educational programs, grants, and more to students throughout the nation. We intend to work with Morris Brown to teach financial literacy, entrepreneurship, leadership, and other skills that will be invaluable in the workplace. Chick-fil-A is proud to support Morris Brown College and their mission to train and develop diverse future leaders.”