Board of Trustees

OFFICERS:

Mr. Robert C. Davidson, Jr. ’67, Chairman
Mr. Jim Moss ’70, Vice-Chairman
Mr. Robert J. Levin, Treasurer
Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. ’79, President
Mr. Avery A. Munnings ’86, Secretary
Mr. Dale Jones '82, Assistant Secretary

TRUSTEES:
Mrs. Billye S. Aaron
Dr. Benjamin A. Blackburn II ’61
Mr. Dan T. Cathy
Mr. J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr.
Ms. Valerie Ervin
Mr. Johnathan Hill*
Mr. Charles H. James III '81
Mr. Benjamin Jealous
Mr. Donald R. Knauss
Dr. Strive Masiyiwa
Mr. Charles D. Moody '78
Rev. Otis Moss, III '92
Dr. Emmanuel Onifade**
Mr. Michael B, Polk
Dr. David Wall Rice '95**
Mr. Robin Richards
Mr. Rufus River '86
Mr. Robbie Robinson '98
Mr. Ratanjit S. Sondhe
Mr. Clinton L. Stevenson
Mr. Richard Thaler Jr. 
Dr. Ron Thomas** 
Mr. John L Tohorton
Mr. Ralph de la Vega
Mr. Euclid Walker '94
Mr. John Wallace
Mr. Moses Washington*
Mr. Stan Washington '85
Mr. Johntavis Williams*
Dr. Howard Willis '76
Dr. Dorothy Yancy
Ambassador Andrew Young
 
* = Student Trustee

** = Faculty Trustee

Robert C. Davidson Jr. ’67, Chairman:  Mr. Davidson was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1997. In addition to the chairmanship, he serves as chair of the Executive and Trusteeship and Governance Committees.  He previously served as a chairman and CEO of Surface Protection Industries, Inc.  Currently, he is the Chairman/CEO of R. Davidson and Associates. He co-founded and served as vice president of Urban National Corporation and has served on the boards of various corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Business School.

Jim Moss '70, Vice Chairman: Mr. Moss was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007. He is the chair of the Compensation Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Practices and vice chair of the Trusteeship and Governance Committee. He also serves on the Executive, Finance, Investment and Development Committees and the Ad Hoc Committee on Land Acquisition, as well as a visitor on the Student Affairs Committee. He is the founder and a managing director of PRM Consulting Group. He has also served as a chair of the Board of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Billye S. Aaron:  Mrs. Aaron was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1996. She serves on the Educational Policy, Development, and Student Affairs Committees.  Mrs. Aaron is a graduate of Texas College and Atlanta University.  She is a recipient of an SCLC Drum Major for Education award and was named one of Georgia’s 50 Most Influential Black Women.

Benjamin A. Blackburn II ’61:  Dr. Blackburn II was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998. He is the Athletic Committee chair and serves on the Development and Educational Policy Committees and the vice chair of the Physical Plant Committee. Dr. Blackburn is a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve and a founding member of the Health First Foundation. He received the Doctor of Dental Sciences degree from Meharry Medical College. 

Dan Cathy: Mr. Cathy was elected the Board of Trustees in 2010.  He serves on the Development, Physical Plant and Student Affairs Committees.  He is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil A. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.

James Alexander M. Douglas:  Mr. Douglas was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007. He serves on the Development, Finance, and the Ad Hoc Governance Practices Committees. He is the Global Chief Customer Officer at The Coca-Cola Company. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he also serves on the board of Grocery Manufacturers and the East Lake Foundation.  

Valerie Ervin:  Ms. Ervin was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014. She has been president of The Ray Charles Foundation since 1995. Prior to being the executive face of the foundation, she established her tenure with the organization by working closely alongside Ray Charles and being entrusted with every aspect of the organization prior to his death in 2004. 

Charles H. James III ’81: Mr. James was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2001.  He is the vice chair of the Finance Committee. He also serves on the Executive, Student Affairs and Development Committees.  He is the President and CEO of C. H. James & Co.  Mr. James serves on the boards of Wintrust Financial Corporation and Lake Forest Bank & Trust.  He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Benjamin Jealous:  Mr. Jealous is a Partner at Kapor Capitol, where he invests in seed-stage start-up companies that use technology to solve social problems. Mr. Jealous also served as the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He has been named to the 40 under 40 lists of both Forbes and Times Magazines. Mr. Jealous currently serves on several committees.

Dale E. Jones ’82:  Mr. Jones was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009.  He serves as the chair of the Development Committee. He also serves on the Executive, Compensation, Finance, and Trusteeship and Governance Committees. He is the vice chairman and partner of Heidrick & Struggles. He is also on the board of directors at Kohl’s Corporation and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. 

Donald R. Knauss:  Mr. Knauss was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004.  He serves as the vice chair of the Investment Committee as well as a member of the Development and Physical Plant Committees. He is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clorox Corporation and a graduate of Indiana University. He has also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Coca-Cola North America at Coca-Cola Company from February 2004 to August 2006. 

Robert J. Levin:  Mr. Levin was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998. He serves as the treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Executive, Compensation, and Investment Committees. He is the former executive vice president of Fannie Mae. He is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Chicago Business School.  

Dr. Strive Masiyiwa:  Dr. Masiyiwa was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012.  He serves on the Development and Educational Policy Committees.  He is the founder and Chairman of The Econet Wireless Group.  He has served on numerous boards and trusts both in Zimbabwe and Internationally.   He is a graduate of the University of Wales.

Charles David Moody Jr. ’78:  Mr. Moody was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. He is a member of the Athletics, Development and Physical Plant Committees.  He is the founder of C.D. Moody Construction Company and serves as the company’s chief executive officer and president.

Rev. Otis Moss III ’92:  Reverend Moss was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. He serves on the Student Affairs and Athletics Committees. Rev. Moss is the Pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University then attended Yale University.  

Avery Munnings ’86:  Mr. Munnings was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004.  He is the secretary of the Board and chair of the Audit Committee.  He also serves on the Compensation, Executive, Physical Plant, and Trusteeship and Governance Committees, visitor on the Student Affairs Committee and vice chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Practices. He is a partner at the Atlanta office of Deloitte & Touche and is on the Boards of Junior Achievement of Georgia and KIPP Metro Atlanta.

Mike Polk:  Mr. Polk was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Newell Rubbermaid and an outstanding marketer, innovator and leader. He has previously worked for successful growing innovative global companies. Michael attended Harvard Business School where he received a MBA and attended Cornell University where he received a B.S. degree. Mr. Polk currently serves on the Development and Educational Policy Committees.

Robin Richards:  Mr. Richards was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He is the Chairman and CEO for the Career Arc Group. As a proven successful entrepreneur and visionary strategist and company co-founder, he sets the corporate goals and leads the development of business and market strategies. Previously, his leadership has led Blackboard Connect (formerly The NTI Group) to be the number one provider of hosted, time-sensitive mass notification services focused on assisting government and civil leaders to communicate quickly and efficiently with their constituents using multi-modal technologies. 

Rufus Rivers '86:  Mr. Rivers, Managing Partner, RLJ Equity Partners. Mr. Rivers joined RLJ Equity Partners, from The Carlyle Group were he was a Co-founder and Managing Director of Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, LP. Prior to founding Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, Mr. Rivers was a SVP/Principal at TCW/Crescent Mezzanine, LLC an investment firm. He also served as the Group Credit/Investment Officer of Heller Financial, Inc. Mr. Rivers received his BA from Morehouse College and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Mr. Rivers is the Chairman of Enhanced Recovery Company, LAI International, Inc. and RLJ Thompson Trucking. He currently serves on the Development, Finance and Investment Committees.

Robbie Robinson '98:  Mr. Robinson was elected to the Board in 2015.

Ratanjit S. Sondhe: Mr. Sondhe was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014.  He is an author and entrepreneur. Mr. Sondhe, a recipient of the 2010 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame award, emigrated from India to the United States in 1968 with two Masters' degrees to complete his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry at Akron. In 1973, he founded POLY-CARB, Inc., a materials science company, which he ran as its CEO for 34 years. Mr. Sonhde currently serves on the Educational Policy Committee.

Clinton L. Stevenson:  Mr. Stevenson was elected to Board of Trustees in 1996.  He serves as chair of the Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Executive, Finance, and Compensation Committees and visitor on the Student Affairs Committees. He also serves on the Ad Hoc Committee on Land Acquisition. Mr. Stevenson is the Director of Investment Administration at the Ford Foundation and is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union Investment Committee. 

Richard W. Thaler Jr.:  Mr. Thaler was elected to Board of Trustees in 2014.  Rich Thaler is Managing Partner of Lt. Island Partners LLC (advises corporations and not-for-profits) and a retired Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank. Eight years ago he created and still teaches at Morehouse, on a pro bono basis, one of the nation's only undergrad courses on LBOs. Thaler received a BA in American Political History from Princeton and a MBA from Harvard. He serves on the Educational Policy, Finance and Governance Practices Committees. 

John L Thornton:  Mr. Thornton was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2000.  He serves on the Compensation and Investment Committees. He is theformer COO of Goldman Sachs and a Director at Ford Motor Company.  A graduate of Harvard University he has done post graduate work at Oxford and Yale. He is a professor and Director of Global Leadership of Tsinghua University of Beijing.

Ralph de la Vega: Mr. de la Vega was elected to the Board in 2011. He serves on the Audit and Development Committees. He is the President and CEO of AT&T Mobility and received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Illinois University. He serves on the boards of New York Life Insurance Company, the Georgia Aquarium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. 

Euclid Walker '94: Mr. Walker was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014.  Mr. Walker is the Managing Partner of Parkway Investment Management, LLC, a globally focused alternative investment management firm. Prior to founding Parkway, he was a founding member of SBIC and Renascent Capital Group. Mr. Walker is a graduate of Morehouse College with a BA in Business Administration with dual concentration in Banking Finance and Real Estate and a minor in Economics. He currently serves as Chairman of the Governance Practices Sub Committee and serves on the Development, Finance and Investment Committees. 

John A. Wallace:  Mr. Wallace was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1990. He serves as vice chair of the Development Committee and visitor on the Student Affairs Committees. He is also a member of the Executive, Finance, Investment, and Trusteeship and Governance Committees. Formerly a partner at King and Spalding Law Firm, Mr. Wallace currently practices at Wallace, Morrison & Casteel. He is a Trustee for Georgia Eye Bank, Inc. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and the Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. 

Mr. Stan Washington '85:

Dr. Howard Willis '76:

Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. '79:

Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy:  Dr. Yancy was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008. She serves on the Athletic, Educational Policy and Student Affairs Committees.  Dr. Yancy is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, where she became the first female President of the University. She continued her education at University of Massachusetts and later received the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Atlanta University. Dr. Yancy was the first female president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. 

Ambassador Andrew Young:  Ambassador Young was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. He serves on the Development, Educational Policy and Physical Plant Committees. Ambassador Young is a pastor, civil and human rights leader, former member of Congress, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former mayor of the City of Atlanta. Ambassador Young has received many awards during his career, among them the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, the Legion d’ Honneur (France), and more than 45 honorary degrees from colleges and universities..

 

STUDENT TRUSTEES:

Johnathan Hill :  
 
Moses Washington '19: Mr. Washington is a sophomore Political Science major with a minor in Journalism at Morehouse College, from Denmark, South Carolina. He currently serves on the Board or Trustees on behald of the Student Government Association (SGA) as a student representative for the student body of the College. Moses has a passion for public service, and plans to attend law school and run for elected office post-graduation. He currently serves on the Student Affairs and Educational Policy committees.
 
Johntavis Williams

 

FACULTY TRUSTEES:

Dr. Emmanuel Onifade

Dr. David Wall Rice '95: David Wall Rice is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College. He is also Principal Investigator of the Identity Orchestration Research Lab (IORL). David is founding Co-Director of Morehouse College's Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) Program. He received a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and earned a Doctorate in Personality Psychology from Howard University. Dr. Rice serves on several committees.

Dr. Ron Thomas: Ron Thomas, an English professor, became the original director of the Journalism and Sports Program in 2007. He previously covered major college and pro sports at the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today and other newspapers. Mr. Thomas authored They Cleared the Lane: the NBA Black Pioneers about the integration of pro basketball. Thomas has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a Master's in Journalism from Northwestern. He currently servers on the Athletics and Educational Policy committees.