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Morgan State’s President Wilson will stay on, after all

After the holidays, we’re catching up to this a week a little late. But it’s still worth noting: Morgan State University’s governing board has reversed its decision to change the school’s leadership.

The Baltimore Sun reported last week that the Board of Regents of the historically black institution had voted to extend president David J. Wilson’s contract for a year.

That came a couple weeks after the board had abruptly decided, on a narrow vote, not to renew Wilson’s contract after he had led the 8,000-student public university in Baltimore for less than three years. There was protest on campus supporting Wilson and decrying what critics called a secretive and opaque board decision.

This scenario probably sounds familiar to anyone who’s been reading about recent events at a certain public university in Charlottesville.

The Sun’s Julie Scharper reported that the Morgan State regents offered no explanation for the reversal or for why they had sought to replace Wilson. There are plans to negotiate a new contract for him for the coming school year.

“We look forward to going through this healing process,” board president Dallas R. Evans was quoted as saying.

Wilson was quoted as saying that he needed to improve his communications with the board.

We’ve heard similar sentiments in the last several months from University of Virginia rector Helen E. Dragas and U-Va. president Teresa Sullivan.

Nick Anderson covers higher education for The Washington Post. He has been a writer and editor at The Post since 2005.


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