Said Sewell Named Eleventh President of Morris College in South Carolina

Said Sewell has been named the eleventh president of Morris College. He will assume his presidency on July 1.

Morris College is a historically Black college in Sumter, South Carolina. The college enrolls just under 400 undergraduate students, 93 percent of whom are Black.

Dr. Sewell has an extensive background in HBCU leadership. He has been serving as director and chief academic, research, and student affairs officer for the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Prior to his present position, he served as vice president for student affairs at Morehouse College in Atlanta, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the Academic Success Center at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Outside his vast experience with HBCUs, Dr. Sewell previously served as assistant provost for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies at Kent State University in Ohio and interim department head at the University of West Georgia. Throughout his career, he has held tenured faculty appointments with Lincoln University, Fort Valley State University, and the University of West Georgia.

Dr. Sewell also has experience in educational consulting and research. In addition to his role with the Consortium, he currently serves as president and managing partner for The Empowerment Group, an educational services consulting firm for higher education institutions. Earlier in his career, he served as the founding director of the Center for African-American Males: Research, Success, and Leadership Inc. in Georgia.

Dr. Sewell is a three-time HBCU graduate. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Morehouse College, master of public administration degree in public policy from Texas Southern University, and Ph.D. in political science from Clark Atlanta University.

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