Office of the President

Overview: Why 2013 to 2017 Have Been Good for Morehouse College

Hit the ground running:

  • Converged a first-rate team of senior administrators
  • Halted an eight-year enrollment slide
  • Right-sized the staff of the College
  • Made the campus safer with new CP leadership and practices
  • Cost-containment efforts preserve more cash

Brand wins:

  • Hosted sitting President of the United States in 2013
  • Hosted sitting Vice President of the United States in 2015
  • Platform Summit leads to Forbes 5th Most Entrepreneurial College in 2015
  • Rhodes Scholar #4: Prince Abudu
  • Maroon Tiger #1 in Georgia for three consecutive years 2014-2016
  • Cross Country won SIAC Championship in 2016
  • Moot Court Team wins 2015 national title
  • New ROTC Center of Excellence is one of a kind

Progress on important metrics:

  • Four-year graduation rate up to 40% in 2016 from 36% in 2015
  • Admissions acceptance rate up by 10 percentage points
  • Early decisions up 103%
  • On target for a class of 680 in September 2017
  • 2017 enrollment expected to be 2,150+
  • Enrollment stabilized and poised for growth
  • J-Mester enrollment up 75%
  • Freshman Orientation attendance up 27%
  • Faculty renewal underway
  • Walk-No-Degree phenomenon erased by 2018

Significantly improved our financial health:

  • Endowment under new management
  • Annual fundraising UP 41%
  • The top two years in all-time alumni giving are 2015 & 2016
  • The top year in alumni donor count, all-time, is 2013
  • Alumni CASH Giving UP 100%
  • Use of Financial Consultants DOWN 97%
  • Capital Expenditures UP 14%
  • Athletic Scholarships UP 66%
  • Advancement Office Staff UP 175%
  • Seven-figure gifts from three previously unaffiliated billionaires
  • Initiated Task Force on New Revenue Streams
  • Repaired broken endowment systems ($12M at stake)
  • Stocked advancement pipeline 

Important governance metrics:

  • Trustees more than match a $1.7M gift from a billionaire
  • Trustee giving already up nearly 200% in a fraction of the time in the “Wilson era”
  • More robust reporting and oversight in partnership with Board on the College’s finances.