The Restoration of Morris Brown College

Interim President of Morris Brown College, Dr. Kevin James
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Interim President of Morris Brown College Dr. Kevin James, is working diligently alongside faculty, staff and alumni to restore and rebuild the powerful legacy of Morris Brown College.

With his diverse background ranges from; earning a masters in business  management, doctorate in higher education leadership, and being the CEO of management, doctorate in higher education leadership, and being the CEO of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, he is taking on the challenge of restoring the rich legacy of Morris Brown College.

Dr. James has ties to higher learning, nonprofit organization and community service within Atlanta. He intends to give current and future students a distinguished higher education to respect and cherish, he shared, “For future students: Morris Brown is going to come back stronger than ever. We are going to have our accreditation, new academic and student services, and phenomenal programs. Morris Brown will be a thriving college again. We will restore this school.”

Morris Brown College is a historically black college with a goal to become an accredited institution within 12 to 18 months.  

The oldest HBCU in Georgia lost accreditation in 2002 but they have never closed the doors on students who are seeking a higher education. Morris Brown

College was the first institution to be founded by African Americans in the state of Georgia opening its doors in 1881. The college is centered in the historic Vine City community where 42 students are currently enrolled.

Most historically black colleges and universities in the south are with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation agency, Morris Brown was one of them. The institution is making a shift in agencies to Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Dr. James is set to meet with TRACS on April 10th in Forest, VA, to discuss Morris Brown College becoming a candidate for accreditation.

A call to action has been made for the alumni of Morris Brown College, communities and sponsors to aid in the financial restoration of the historic institution.

Morris Brown College has a financial goal of $5,000,000 toward academic and construction redevelopment. Alumni of Morris Brown College has since responded to the call for action and are willing to volunteer their time to teach at Morris Brown College starting in Fall 2019-2020.

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