Morehouse Selects New Interim President Harold Martin Jr.
Recently, Morehouse College Interim President William J “Bill” Taggart passed away unexpectedly causing a necessary search for a new Interim President to take his place. The Morehouse College Board of Trustees unanimously voted Harold Martin Jr. to become the new Interim President of Morehouse College.
Harold Martin Jr. has an M.B.A from Harvard Business School, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and is a Morehouse College alumnus. He graduated Morehouse Summa Cum Laude in 2002 as his class valedictorian with a B.A. in Business Administration and a membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He is a business leader with experience the consultation and leadership at many higher learning institutes and Fortune 500 companies. He has also been an Associate Partner at one of the world’s leading management consulting firms, McKinsey & Company. He has since built his own independent business consulting practice and private investment firm in Atlanta where he lives with his wife and children.
Harold Martin Jr. is the son of another leader at an institute of higher education. He is the son of Dr. Harold Martin Senior, who is the Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University. According to North Carolina A&T’s website, Martin Sr. began his tenure as chancellor on June 8, 2009. Currently, North Carolina A&T does not offer the opportunity for its highest ranking students to become valedictorians.
Since graduating college Interim President Martin Jr. has continued to be an active member in the Morehouse College community. He led a project to develop Morehouse’s strategic plan in 2011 and was invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2014. Since then, he has been a member of the Finance and the Trusteeship and Governance Committees, as well as multiple ad hoc committees. Earlier in 2017 Martin Jr. was elected Secretary of the Board but has since stepped down in light of his new role as Interim President.
Dr. Harold Martin Jr. will take on the responsibilities as President on a day-to-day basis until a new President is hired.