John Silvanus Wilson Jr. to Be the Next President of Morehouse College

The board of trustees of Morehouse College announced that John S. Wilson Jr. will become the 11th president of Morehouse College. Wilson is serving as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities. He will begin his new role in January.

Before taking his position in government, Dr. Wilson was an associate professor of higher education at George Washington University. Previously, he was director of foundation relations and assistant provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a master’s degree in theology, a master’s degree and Ph.D. in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.

Wilson’s current boss offered high praise for his efforts in his current position. “John has been a trusted voice, helping my administration follow through on our commitment to strengthen historically black colleges and universities,” said President Barack Obama. “I wish John the best as he takes on this important new role as the president of Morehouse College and as he continues to inspire more of our nation’s youth to pursue higher education.”

“I am honored to be chosen to lead this hallowed institution and my alma mater,” said Dr. Wilson. “I thank the Board for its confidence in my leadership and look forward to working with faculty, students and staff, and continuing our proud tradition of producing global leaders.”

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