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New Morehouse President Uniquely Suited for Job

11/27/2012, 1:32 p.m.

"Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Wilson has demonstrated his commitment to supporting the critical role HBCUs serve within our national educational landscape," said Franklin, the college's 10th president. "Our institution and our students will be very well served by Dr. Wilson's experience, focus and passion."

Saying he is honored to lead the college, Wilson praised Franklin's service at the college and said he will continue the push to produce global leaders.

"Dr. Franklin's efforts to raise the international profile of the college and advance our mission through his 'Morehouse Renaissance Men' are just a few among the many significant accomplishments by which he will be remembered," Wilson said. "I thank the Board for its confidence in my leadership and look forward to working with faculty, students and staff, and continuing our proud tradition of producing global leaders."

As executive director of the White House Initiative, Wilson 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.

"John has been a trusted voice, helping my administration follow through on our commitment to strengthen historically black colleges and universities," said President Barack Obama.

"I wish John the best as he takes on this important new role as the president of Morehouse College and as he continues to inspire more of our nation's youth to pursue higher education," Obama added.