Morehouse Students, Faculty Speak Out Against Presidential Ouster


Allege lack of transparency, threaten legal action

Groups of campus constituents at Morehouse College are opposing a recent vote by the school’s board of trustees for the non-renewal of school president John Silvanus Wilson’s contract.

Some Morehouse students, faculty fighting decision to terminate president

Student leaders at the school say they were barred from the meetings and disallowed the opportunity to assess the performance of Wilson, who has served as president of his alma mater since 2013. From 11 Alive:

“We’re all overwhelmed,” said student trustee and SGA President Johnathan Hill. “We were elected to have a voice — that’s what we wanted. We wanted to be able to assess the president and his performance.”

Members of the school’s faculty senate issued a statement shortly after the non-renewal vote.

“We, the faculty of Morehouse College, strongly object to the decision by the Board of Trustees not to renew the contract of President John S. Wilson without explanation and without the inclusion of faculty and student trustees in the discussion and decision. The faculty also expresses concern regarding the timing of the board’s decision. We demand an explanation and will investigate these decisions.”

Wilson’s contract will expire on June 30.