The Morris Brown College Board of Trustees announced it has unanimously appointed Kevin James as its 19th president, effective immediately.  James has served as interim president since March 1, 2019. 

Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and bishop of the 6th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church said he is excited about the future of Morris Brown College under James’s leadership.

“I am honored to have been selected by the board to serve at the helm of Georgia’s only HBCU founded by black people; being named permanent president will allow me to strategize future growth and direction from a longstanding viewpoint,” James said. “I look forward to continuing this great work in collaboration with the board of trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other shareholders to resurrect this historic college back to prominence.

“We will continue working to obtain accreditation, ensure financial stability, build a strong relationship with alumni, and grow enrollment through The Hard Reset,” he added. 

Morris Brown has made tremendous progress within the last 14 months under James’s leadership. The institution has made tremendous progress under his leadership with accreditation, governance, rebranding of the institution, partnerships, and fiscal stability.

James led negotiations with the AME Church to remove a 4.2 million-dollar debt which cleared a pathway towards accreditation. Moreover, MBC has received over 1 million dollars in grant funding towards the restoration of the iconic Fountain Hall.

Furthermore, in February, Morris Brown College was named #6 of “Ten Top Smaller HBCUs That Are Rising” by the HBCU Campaign Fund, a testament of the national visibility and resurgence of the institution.

“James, the board, and the administration are commended for navigating our school through a very challenging process,” Jackson said about James. “(James) has provided bold leadership to address problems.”

 

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