Education

Dr. John Wilson Becomes 11th President of Morehouse

A 1979 Morehouse graduate, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr  holds master’s degrees in theological studies and education from Harvard University and has a doctorate in education.
A 1979 Morehouse graduate, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr holds master’s degrees in theological studies and education from Harvard University and has a doctorate in education.
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The week’s winter storm forced the cancelation of some events celebrating Morehouse College’s founder’s week.

But the storm’s departure was just in time for one major occasion.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports on Dr. John Wilson’s inauguration as the 11th Morehouse College president.

Broadcast version of this story.

Inside the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, the Morehouse choir sings Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.

Morehouse is the nation’s only all-male historical black college or institution and is one of three all male liberal arts colleges in the country.

Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. is what you call a Morehouse man.

A 1979 graduate, Wilson also holds two master’s degrees in theological studies and education from Harvard University.

And has a doctorate in education.

In his inauguration address, Dr. Wilson stressed the core initiative of the school.

“Our inaugural theme is toward capital and character preeminence. Very simply, capital preeminence means having a first rate campus and character preeminence means producing first rate men. And we will have the world of our dreams when are recognizable and completely preeminent in both.”

Wilson talked about the biggest challenges many colleges and universities face and that’s building and sustaining capital.

Wilson’s ability to bring in money is apparent in his background.

According to his bio, while at MIT he was instrumental in managing two record-breaking capital campaigns that reached nearly $3 billion dollars.