After many years, Morris Brown College has been approved as an institute of higher learning from the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), which authorizes and regulates the operations of in-state nonpublic and out-of-state postsecondary colleges and schools operating or offering instruction in Georgia.

“This is a gigantic first step in our road to full accreditation,” said Dr. Kevin James, interim president of Morris Brown College. “We are on a positive path to resurrecting this historic black college back to prominence and creating an environment in which students will receive an education that is held in high regard. We are now in search of significant donors to pour into our institution now that we have this momentum.”

Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and bishop of the 6th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church says the state’s approval is a clear sign that Morris Brown College is headed in the right direction and gaining momentum for its future.

“I am extremely pleased with the process we have gone through and that GNPEC has recognized that we are on solid ground as an institute of higher learning,” said Jackson. “Dr. James, the Board and the administration are commended for navigating our school through this challenging process. Dr. James has provided bold leadership to address problems at Morris Brown College.”

For the past six months, the college has simultaneously worked on completing its application for recognition by GNPEC and the accreditation agency, Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), while also working to raise funds for the school, and while working to get its facilities in order.

Earlier this year Morris Brown College officially became a correspondence school with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), which means the college has been officially approved to start the process to become accredited.

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