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
Mrs. Billye S. Aaron
Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams
Dr. Benjamin A. Blackburn II ’61
Mr. Dan T. Cathy
Mr. Willie J. Davis ’56
Mr. J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr.
Ms. Valerie Ervin
Mr. Michael Gatewood*
General James R. Hall ’57
Dr. Michael Hodge**
Dr. Keith Howard**
Mr. Charles H. James III ’81
Mr. Benjamin Jealous
Mr. Oshea Johnson*
Mr. Dale E. Jones ’82
Mr. Donald R. Knauss
Dr. Strive Masiyiwa
Mr. Charles D. Moody '78
Rev. Otis Moss, III ’92
Mr. Zephyrinus Okonkwo, Jr.*
Mr. Mike Polk
Dr. David Wall Rice**
Mr. Robin Richards
Mr. Rufus Rivers '86
Mr. Ratanjit S. Sondhe
Mr. Earl W. Stafford Sr.
Mr. Clinton L. Stevenson
Mr. Richard Thaler Jr.
Mr. John L. Thornton
Mr. Ralph de la Vega
Mr. Euclid Walker '84
Mr. John A. Wallace
Mr. Stan Washington '85
Dr. Dorothy Cowser 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.
Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams (Hon. ’84): Dr. Adams was elected to Board of Trustees in 1985. He serves on the Educational Policy Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. He is a doctoral fellow at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Adams is one of the 100 most Influential Americans and was named among the Top 15 Greatest Black Preachers. He is a recipient of the Rabbi Marvin Katzenstein Award.
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.
Willie J. “Flash” Davis ’56: Mr. Davis was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1997. A former Chairman of the Board, he serves on the Executive, Athletics, Educational Policy, and Trusteeship and Governance Committees. He is a partner at Davis, Robinson, and White L.L.P., and president emeritus for the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. Mr. Davis received the Juris Doctor degree from the New England School of Law.
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.
James R. Hall ’57: General Hall was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006. He is the chair of the Physical Plant Committee and also serves as vice chair of the Athletic Committee. He also serves on the Executive, Audit, Trusteeship and Governance Committees, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Land Acquisition. General Hall is a retired Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army and the former President of Morehouse College’s National Alumni Association. He is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Manager’s Program.
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.
Kevin McGee ’93: Mr. McGee was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. He is the assistant secretary to the Board and serves as chair of the Student Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Executive, Athletics, and Development Committees. He is the current President of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. He is also the Director of Business Development at Accion USA.
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.
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.
Mr. Earl W. Stafford: Mr. Stafford was elected was elected to Board of Trustees in 2014. He founded The Stafford Foundation in 2002 as a faith-based, non-profit organization. Mr. Stafford also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Wentworth Group, LLC, a privately-held holding company that provides essential business services and growth investment support to commercial, technology-focused small businesses. Mr. Stafford holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He is a graduate of the OPM executive program at Harvard Business School and holds several honorary doctoral degrees.
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.
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..
Michael Gatewood '15: Michael is a senior Political Science major and currently serves as the 83rd President of the Morehouse College Student Government Association (SGA). Michael previously served on the Board of Trustees as Junior and Senior Board Trustee where he represented student concerns, participated in the search for the College's 11th President and was actively engaged in several key policy initiatives. Michael is actively engaged in various organizations, including the Collegiate 100 of Atlanta, an auxiliary of the 100 Black Men and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. Having interned at the Federal Reserve Bank and JPMorgan Chase & Co. over the course of his collegiate career, Michael plans to pursue a career in financial services post-graduation and hopes to be also pursue public service. He serves on the Education Policy, Development, Physical Plant and Student Services committees.
Oshea Johnson '15: Mr. Johnson is a Senior at Morehouse College Sociology Major, Public Health Minor and serves on the Board Trustees on behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA) as a representative for the student body of the College. He is a member of the Development, Student Affairs, Educational Policy, and Physical Plant Committees. He is also a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology International Honor Society, Health Careers Society, and Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Zephyrinus Okonkwo, Jr. '17: Zephyrinus "ZJ" Okonkwo, Jr. is a Sophomore Economics Major from Albany, Georgia. He is the SGA Junior Board Trustee Elect. He is the youngest of four children, and was born to Nigerian parents. ZJ is the Parliamentarian on the E Board of the Morehouse Business Association and part of the Honors Program. Zephyrinus currently serves on the Student Affairs Committee.
Dr. Michael Hodge: Dr. Hodges is chair of the Department of Sociology and a professor. He serves on the Athletics, Physical Plant and Educational Policy Committees.
Dr. Keith Howard: Dr. Howard, a professor of Biology, serves on the Athletic and Educational Policy Committees.
Dr. David Wall Rice: 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.