Dr. John S. Wilson has some ideas about the future of the college that has educated men such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Herman Cain: "Indeed, the financial recession is still taking its toll on U.S. higher education. HBCUs [historically black colleges and universities], for the most part, have faced greater challenges than predominately white institutions, from dwindling enrollment rates to competition from cheaper online colleges. Therefore, Wilson says his short-term goal for the prestigious all-male liberal arts college is to stabilize the campus and strengthen the infrastructure."
More: "For the future, he plans to 'vigorously pursue capital preeminence' such as state-of the-art infrastructure. He also wants to focus on 'character preeminence,' which he says is 'not just educating smart people but educating and graduating good people as well.'"
His background: "He comes to Morehouse from the Obama administration, where he served as director of the White House initiative on historically black colleges and universities. He worked to strengthen the capacity of 105 HBCUs and led his team to work with the White House, 32 federal agencies, and the private corporate and philanthropic sectors in securing capital. It was under his leadership that the president authorized a major grant — $228 million — directly to benefit HBCUs. In fact, under Obama federal support for HBCUs increased from $3.64 billion in 2008 to $5.3 billion in 2011."