In Memoriam: O. Jerome Green, 1954-2024

O. Jerome Green, president of Shorter College, passed away unexpectedly on April 8 at the age of 69.

In 2012, Green became the forty-fifthth president of Shorter College, a private, faith-based, historically Black two-year college in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Under his leadership, Shorter College experienced record-breaking enrollment and graduation rates, created new academic programs, and established the STEM Center for Academic Excellence. Earlier in his career, Green held leadership roles with the Arkansas Ethics Commission and historically Black Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama.

“President Green’s passing is a tremendous loss, not only to Shorter College, but to the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the HBCU community. He was a great leader who cared deeply about his students,” said Jeffrey Norfleet, provost and vice president for administration at Shorter College.

Green held a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Miles College, a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

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