The Morgan State University Board of Regents announced today that Morgan President David Wilson has received a favorable assessment from the Board’s Evaluation Committee. Such a favorable assessment is earned, board members said, and is the result of high levels of confidence in the executive leader. As a result, the Board has decided to offer Dr. Wilson a new appointment as president.
Starting July 1, 2014, when his current contract expires, Dr. Wilson will begin operating under the new appointment, which has no end date but rather, is subject to the pleasure of the Board.
Board Chair Kweisi Mfume said: “Over the last several years, higher education in this country has undergone a stressful and uncertain period. The challenges have been particularly problematic for our HBCUs; however, Dr. Wilson has emerged as a leading national voice and is guiding Morgan admirably through these times. The Board values his leadership very highly and looks forward to his long and successful tenure.”
“I am very pleased with the new agreement and am honored and grateful for the opportunity to work with a very committed board, faculty, staff, alumni, and students,” said Dr. Wilson. “I am happy to be at Morgan and I look forward to the future as its president in the years ahead.”
Dr. Wilson went on to say, “Morgan is a very special institution, which I have enjoyed leading now for four wonderful years. Granted, we have a lot to do but our trajectory is upward. We make progress by maintaining our commitment to our HBCU mission. At the same time, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our enrollment through national and international appeal. America can expect that Morgan will graduate students who are among the best in the world, that our facilities will be innovative and match the demands of the new economy, and that we will grow our research programs such that Morgan becomes the top research institution within the HBCU genre. When we accomplish these goals, the Morgan brand will spread around the globe,” Wilson added.
“We call upon all of our alumni, elected officials, faculty, staff, students, neighbors as well as our friends in the corporate and philanthropic community to continue your outstanding support of the critical work we are undertaking at Morgan under Dr. Wilson’s leadership,” said Chairman Mfume.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelor’s degrees as well as programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. 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. For more information about today’s board action, contact the Honorable Kweisi Mfume, chair, Morgan State University Board of Regents at 443-885-3086.