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Tuskegee University announces Dr. Charlotte Morris as new president

HBCUA Staff

The Tuskegee University Board of Trustees announced that interim President Dr. Charlotte Morris will be elected as the university’s ninth president, effective August 1st, 2021. This decision makes Dr. Morris the second female president at Tuskegee, following her predecessor Dr. Lily McNair. 

Dr. Morris has held several positions at Tuskegee University over a span of more than 30 years, including Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and the Chief of Staff to the 5th President. Dr. Morris also served as the interim Dean of the Brimmer College of Business and Information Science. Dr. Morris has been able to build up the strategic partnerships between the university and companies like Google and Cargill. These relationships have generated over $6 million, which have been contributed to improving career readiness initiatives and investing in the next generation of STEM leaders. 

“Dr. Morris has garnered the credibility and respect of key stakeholders across the state and around the country during her near thirty years serving the Tuskegee community,” said Board of Trustees Chair, Norma Clayton. “Considering her strong past performance and effective leadership, the Board of Trustees is delighted that Dr. Morris will continue to serve this institution. She understands the needs of this university today – putting the students first – and is the right leader for tomorrow and beyond.”

Dr. Morris has been a crucial component in the university’s plans of progress. She has played a major part in Tuskegee’s strategic plan spanning from 2022-2027. The plan aims to address the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead with thorough research and innovative solutions. The strategic plan also includes initiatives to improve the university’s entrepreneurship programs, advance the institution’s infrastructure, and increase scholarship funds.

“It is with great humility and honor that I accept the role of president. Having been a member of this remarkable university community for much of my professional career, it will be a pleasure to lead the university into the future,” said Dr. Morris. “I look forward to working with the entire campus community to seize the opportunities that lie ahead and continue to transform Tuskegee into a leading 21st-century living and learning environment.”

Tuskegee University plans to formally welcome Dr. Morris as the next president in a ceremony on the weekend of April 9th-11th, 2022, which is also the university’s Founders Day Reunion Weekend.