Morehouse College, the highly rated historically Black college for men in Atlanta, has announced that Robert M. Franklin is stepping down as president at the end of the academic year. Dr. Franklin is the tenth president of the college. He has served in the position for five years. Previously, he served as the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, both in Atlanta.
“Dr. Franklin has served an integral role leading the renaissance of Morehouse, and his dedication is greatly appreciated,” said Robert Davidson, chairman of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.
President Franklin is the author of three books, Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007), Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997), and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1989).
Dr. Franklin will take a sabbatical leave from Morehouse and return as a Distinguished Professor and President Emeritus. He will spend his sabbatical year as scholar-in-residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Institute at Stanford University.
President Franklin is a 1975 graduate of Morehouse College. He earned a master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate at the University of Chicago Divinity School.