The Search for the 11th President of Morris College

Dear Morris College Family,

I am pleased to announce that the national search for Morris College’s next president is underway. Selecting the next president is one of the most important decisions our Board of Trustees will make. The search is designed to be inclusive, collaborative and transparent. We are committed to actively seeking a diverse pool of exceptional candidates who can embrace and enhance our rich Morris College legacy of educational impact and service.

Our Board of Trustees selected Greenwood Asher & Associates, LLC as our experienced and expert partners in this critical endeavor. Greenwood Asher, a division of Kelly Services, is a woman-founded firm with a diverse recruiting and consulting team. Our consulting team includes Marion Frenche, Associate Vice President of Executive Search and Julie Holley, Associate Vice President of Executive Search. Since 1992, Greenwood Asher has successfully completed more than 2,000 searches. The firm has conducted president/chancellor searches for a wide array of institutions across the country, including HBCUs and/or private, liberal arts colleges.

Our Board of Trustees assembled a 12-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee. Trustee Dr. James Blassingame will serve as Chair and Trustee Dr. Hilda Gadsden will serve as Vice Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Our Search Committee consists of a broad representation from across our College and includes faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Sumter community. Our Search Committee will review, interview, and evaluate candidates in order to recommend finalists to our Board of Trustees.

Please visit the Morris College Presidential Search website at where you will find details on how you can participate in upcoming listening sessions, give feedback via the survey below, review the leadership profile, share your recommendations/nominations and provide feedback to our Search Committee and our expert partners Greenwood Asher.

We are dedicated to being diligent, transparent, and expeditious in our pursuit to find an outstanding leader for Morris College.

Thank you for investing your time to help us in this critical process.

Lucy J. Reuben, PhD
Chair, Morris College Board of Trustees



The Morris College President Search Committee seeks your feedback.
Please complete our survey by clicking here.


Dr. James Blassingame, Chair Dr. Hilda Gadsden, Vice Chair
Dr. Phillip Baldwin Ms. Recharda Dawkins
Dr. Donald Greene Ms. Rebekah Grissett
Dr. Albert James Ms. Nigeria Myers
Dr. Cecil Payton Prof. Carlotta Stackhouse
Ms. Jaqueline Studivant Dr. James “Ted” Wilson


Dr. Lucy Reuben, Chairperson Dr. Phillip Baldwin, Vice Chairman
Dr. Dorothy Bishoff, Faculty/Staff Representative Mr. Anthony Brand, Student Representative
Rev. Aaron T. Brown Dr. Lucious Dixon
Dr. Victoria Dixon-Mokeba Mr. Troy Glover, Secretary
Dr. Jamey O. Graham Mrs. Mary Alice Graham
Rev. Dr. James L. Hailstock Pastor Julie A. Hayes
Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. Dr. Albert James
Mr. Alexander Johnson Mr. Ericson Lanier, Alumni Representative
Rev. Dr. Charlie Murphy Dr. Audrey Potts Neal
Rev. James Nesbitt Dr. Darrell President
Dr. McKinley Ravenell Mrs. Shirley Redmond
Dr. Kenny W. Rose Mrs. DeAnna M. Wages
Mrs. Mary Jo Walker Rev. George B. Washington
Dr. James V. Wilson, Sr. Rev. George P. Windley, Sr.


Marion Frenche
Associate Vice President of Executive Search
Julie Holley
Associate Vice President of Executive Search


The President is responsible for leadership of all College operations, outreach, and initiatives, including overseeing academic and administrative functions; fundraising; budgeting; developing strategic partnerships; stimulating economic growth; leading student success initiatives; actively engaging with all constituents to include alumni, faculty, staff, and students; and leveraging all resources to maintain an inclusive, collegial environment for all. Building upon the success of current President Leroy Staggers, former long-serving President Luns C. Richardson and their eight predecessor presidents over 115 years, the next President will be an innovative and inspirational leader who will chart an ambitious path for the future of Morris College.

View the full Position Description:


Marion Frenche & Julie Holley with Greenwood Asher & Associates® are assisting Morris College with the Presidential Search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Greenwood Asher & Associates.

Application materials should include:

  • A letter of interest that clearly states the applicant's qualifications for the position
  • A current résumé/curriculum vitae
  • The name, relationship, and email address of five professional references

We strongly encourage submitting application materials as PDF attachments. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.


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