Morehouse College Strategic Plan

Profiles of Preeminence: Morehouse Men, Faculty & Staff

Spike Lee ’79
Filmmaker, Director, Producer

Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from an artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. After graduating from Morehouse College, Lee attended the Tisch School of Arts graduate film program at New York University.

 

Dr. Delores Stephens
Professor of English

A native Virginian, E. Delores B. Stephens holds degrees from Spelman College (B.A. in English) from which she graduated as valedictorian; Atlanta University from which she holds the M.A. in English and American Literature (thesis published in the microfilm collection of the University of Kentucky); and from Emory University (Ph.D. in English).  In addition, she earned a certificate for completion of a summer of academic work in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of London and a Testamur (one year) from the University of Exeter (Great Britain) for study of British literature – Shakespeare and Twentieth-Century Writers. Before joining the faculty at Morehouse College in 1964, she was on the faculty at the Atlanta School of Business and at Norfolk State University.

 

Calvin Butts ’72
Pastor, Academician

In 1972, Calvin Butts received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College; while a student, he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and was active in civil rights. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Butts and several other Morehouse students took to the streets in anger. After graduation, Butts returned to New York where he earned his master of divinity degree in church history in 1975 from Union Theological Seminary and later his doctorate of ministry in church and public policy from Drew University. While still in graduate school, Butts was hired to work at Abyssinian Baptist Church where he began as an office assistant and worked his way up to assistant pastor, eventually being named head pastor in 1989. Since 1999, he has served as the president of the State University of New York at Westbury.

 

Paul Judge ’98
Inventor, Entrepreneur, Investor

Paul Q. Judge is an award-winning technologist, entrepreneur, and speaker. Judge was a technical expert for the Federal Trade Commission in the 2005 Report to Congress on the Effectiveness of the CAN-SPAM Act. In 2003, he founded the Anti-Spam Research Group in the Internet Research Task Force.

Judge attended Morehouse College in Atlanta earning a B.S. in computer science with a minor in mathematics in three years. He then matriculated at Georgia Tech, completing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science in 2002. Judge then did post doctorate work at Georgia Tech in 2003.

Judge joined the founding team of CipherTrust in 2000 and served as Chief Technology Officer until the company was acquired in 2006. Judge served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Secure Computing Corp. until 2007. Judge founded Purewire in 2007, acquired by Barracuda Networks in 2009. He is cofounder and Executive Chairman of Pindrop Security, provider of phone anti-fraud and authentication solutions, founded in 2011. Most recently he is co-founder of Luma, a wireless networking company.

 

Edwin Moses ’78
Athlete, humanitarian

Edwin Corley Moses accepted an academic scholarship to Morehouse College where he majored in physics and industrial engineering, while competing for the Maroon Tiger track team. Moses won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals (122 consecutive races) and set the world record in his event four times. In addition to his running, Moses was also an innovative reformer in the areas of Olympic eligibility and drug testing. In 2000, he was elected the first Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an international service organization of world-class athletes.  In 1994 Moses received an MBA from Pepperdine University and was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

 

David Morrow ’80
Glee Club Director, Professor of Music

David Morrow is a native of Rochester, New York. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in 1980. While at Morehouse, he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded the Kemper Harreld Award for Excellence in Music, received departmental honors, and graduated Valedictorian of his class. He received the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan in 1981 and was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1995. Dr. Morrow has been a member of the Music faculty at Morehouse College since 1981. He served as Assistant Director of the Morehouse College Glee Club until 1987, when he succeeded Dr. Wendell P. Whalum as Director of the Glee Club.