This past January, Morehouse College, the highly regarded liberal arts educational institution for Black men in Atlanta, announced that it would not extend the contract of the college’s president John S. Wilson Jr. beyond June 30, 2017 and would begin a search for a new leader.
Dr. Wilson was appointed the 11th president of Morehouse College in November 2012 and took office in January 2013. Earlier, he was executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities.
Now the college has dismissed Dr. Wilson, effectively immediately and installed William Taggart as interim president. Taggart has been serving as chief operating officer at the college since 2015. Earlier, he was president and CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Group. Prior to joining Atlanta Life Financial Group, he served as chief operating officer for the Office of Federal Student Aid.
In a statement, President Taggart said, “as an Atlanta native, I look forward to working with the entire Morehouse Community, including the Board, students, faculty, alumni and donors, to continue on our path of success and build upon Morehouse’s strong foundation and reputation of academic excellence.”
Taggart is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. He earned an MBA at Harvard Business School.
The college also announced that board chair Robert Davidson had stepped down and was replaced by Willie Woods. Three other new board members were seated.