Dr. Kevin James, the 19th president of Morris Brown College, had his contract extended through June 2025. James has led Morris Brown since March
2019.

“We’ve made tremendous progress within the past two years under Dr. Kevin James’ leadership. We are elated about accreditation candidacy and making history. Dr. James led Morris Brown College to become the first HBCU to accreditation candidacy status after a 20- year hiatus,” said Reginald Jackson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Bishop of the 6th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. “Moreover, Dr. James has hosted some of the most successful fundraising events in the past 20 years. Overall, giving is up and the momentum under this administration is like none we have seen in recent history.”

“The revitalization of the institution’s academic programs and student services, including new programs in Global Management & Applied Leadership, E-Sports Performance, and Hospitality Management, will place the next generation of students as global competitors. The accreditation candidacy comes on the heels of a rewarding partnership led by Dr. James between CGI Merchant Group, LLC, and Hilton Hotel. It will make a $30 million investment in MBC to convert existing facilities into a 150-key upscale Hilton hotel and hospitality management training complex. Moreover, Dr. James led an outstanding partnership agreement with Chick-fil-A, which will place our hospitality program in position to lead.”

A native of Columbia, S.C., James attended South Carolina State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Social Sciences from Winthrop University; a master’s degree in Business Management, Leadership, and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University; and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

He is also a graduate of the Higher Education Institute at Harvard University.

Jackson continued “With the extension of Dr. James employment contract as president, we are conveying our belief in his outstanding leadership through what he calls, The Hard Reset. It is our desire to promote the long-term stability of Morris Brown College by extending this contract. We believe that by stabilizing our leader, it will lead to full accreditation, recruit other senior leaders and faculty, continue a phenomenal relationship with the alumni, the business community, the philanthropic community, along with building relationships with elected officials and policymakers at both the state and federal level.

James was named “College President of the Year” by the Georgia Greater Black Chamber of Commerce and one of Atlanta’s Most Powerful Leaders by Atlanta Magazine in 2021.

Additionally, he received the 4 Brighter Futures Foundation, Inc. “Chairman Award,” and Morris Brown College was named “Top 10 Smaller HBCU” that is Rising #4 by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

Moreover, James was selected and completed the Higher Education Leadership Foundation/United Negro College Fund Presidential Leadership Institute in 2021.

Dr. Kevin James, president of Morris Brown College (Photo: Vincent Christie/The Atlanta Voice)

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