Uproar at Morgan State over board decision to not renew president’s contract

A leadership transition announced this week at Morgan State University in Baltimore has sparked an uproar on campus.

Word leaked out Monday that the board of regents of the historically black university had chosen not to renew President David Wilson’s contract when it expires in June.

The decision, according to the Baltimore Sun, was made on an 8-7 vote.

On Thursday, the Sun reported, students, faculty and alumni rallied at the school in support of Wilson. Here’s an excerpt from the story by Julie Scharper:

Also Thursday, the University Council, a leadership group made up of faculty, administrators and students, called for a reversal of the board’s decision, saying that it violated its own bylaws by not announcing the meeting’s purpose in advance and by making a binding decision behind closed doors.

More than 200 people, wrapped in jackets and scarves in Morgan’s signature blue and orange, gathered to show support for Wilson on a campus that had emptied for winter break. Many cheered as he spoke and wiped away tears as the crowd broke into the university’s anthem.

We’ll stay tuned on this one. Much of higher education, especially in the HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) community, is closely watching developments at the 8,000-student school founded in the 19th century.

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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