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Morehouse Renaissance Signals New Leadership as 2009-2010 Academic Year Begins

New Provost, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Student Services join the President’s Cabinet

ATLANTA, August 17, 2009- This week, Morehouse College welcomes nearly 800 new students in the class of 2013. As New Student Orientation week kicks off, the College also welcomes three new senior administrators.

After a vigorous search, Weldon Jackson has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, effective January 1, 2010. Jackson, who is returning for his second stint at Morehouse, is currently the provost at Manhattan College in New York, where he has served since 1996. Jackson is a member of the 1972 class of Morehouse, where he earned a degree in political science. He earned a doctorate from Harvard University. He served as vice president for Academic Affairs at Morehouse from 1985 to 1996 and says his goal in returning to Morehouse is to help President Robert M. Franklin, Jr. advance his vision of a Renaissance at the College.

“President Franklin’s clarion call for a renewal of Morehouse to graduate ‘Renaissance Men with a social conscience and global perspective’ reverberates throughout the halls of the academy,” Jackson said. “I consider it a privilege to be asked to join the College and assist in enhancing our institutional capacity to give the world Renaissance Men that it so desperately needs,” he said.

Gwendolyn Sykes joins the College as vice president for Business and Finance/chief financial officer. Prior to joining the Morehouse executive team, she was the chief financial officer at Yale University, the first in the school’s 306-year history. In that role, Sykes was responsible for the overall financial stewardship of the University’s $1.8-billion operating budget, $32-billion investment portfolio and nearly $400 million in capital expenditures. She has worked as a presidential appointee under George W. Bush as CFO for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and as an analyst for the Department of Defense.

“It is a privilege to join Morehouse, with its distinguished history educating leaders for this country and the world,” Sykes said. “My role will be to assist Dr. Franklin in maximizing the use of the College’s resources to guarantee that it can continue to fulfill its vital mission for society and retain its position of prominence in higher education.”

Ushering in the new freshman class is William Bynum, Jr., vice president for Student Services. Bynum comes to Morehouse from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he served as vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Bynum, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and a master’s and doctorate from Duke University, is no stranger to the Atlanta area. He worked in research and taught at Georgia Tech as well as associate vice president for Student Affairs at Clark Atlanta University. President Franklin said that Bynum’s veteran experience in higher education is exactly what Morehouse needs at this time.

“The culture of small liberal arts institutions is unique and requires administration by those who understand the varying needs of the community,” Franklin said. “Dr. Bynum has served two small liberal arts institutions and has demonstrated a penchant for developing and renewing student-based programming.”

Posted by edurham at August 31, 2009 04:32 PM

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