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Morgan Board Elects New Chair, Votes to Support President

At its most recent meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Morgan Board of Regents discussed a number of issues relevant to the growth and ascendancy of Morgan State University as the premier public urban research university in Maryland and took action on several of them.

The board on Tuesday voted to elect a new chairman, long-time board member Kweisi Mfume, who takes over the leadership position effective July 1, 2013. Mfume is an honors graduate of Morgan and is the University’s 2013 Alumnus of the Year. He has served as a member of the Baltimore City Council, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees. Mfume is also the past president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“This is a great opportunity to help in the governance of a great university,” said Regent Mfume. “I thank the members of the board for their vote of confidence and I join faculty, staff, students and alumni in looking forward to serving well into the future with Dr. David Wilson.”

In addition, the board voted Tuesday to extend the contract of University President David Wilson, as it said it would do during its meeting of December 28,2012.  The term extension is for one year, expiring June 30, 2014.  This contract extension allows Dr. Wilson to complete his original contract as president of Morgan State University.  Going forward, Dr. Wilson will continue to serve as Morgan’s president at the pleasure of the board, which is consistent with the practice of the University of Maryland System.  Board members spoke with confidence that Morgan State University will enjoy Dr, Wilson’s leadership for many years to come.

“Morgan is in a good place, notwithstanding the lack of resources needed to adequately address our needs,” said Dr. Wilson. “Interim Chair Resnick, Incoming Chair Mfume, other members of the Board of Regents and I are committed to working tirelessly to make the most compelling case for additional investments in our great university. We are committed to our vision of ‘growing the future and leading the world,’ and we invite all friends and supporters of Morgan to work with us as we continue to position the university as one of the top centers of academic excellence in the nation,” he added.

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 80 academic programs from the baccalaureate to the doctorate degree. As Maryland’s public urban university, Morgan serves a multi-ethnic and multi-racial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information on Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.

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