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Dr. Charlotte P. Morris Says Farewell; Welcomes 10th President, Dr. Mark Brown ÔÇś86

June 26, 2024

Contact: Thonnia Lee, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Dr. Charlotte P. Morris and Dr. Mark Brown shake hands in front of wall picture of Booker T. Washington.
Dr. Charlotte P. Morris and Dr. Mark Brown shake hands
in front of picture of Booker T. Washington.

Last fall I told you of my intention to retire after almost 40 years at this illustrious institution. Now that the time has come, I have a few thoughts to share as we welcome the 10th president, Dr. Mark Brown ÔÇś86.

I have met him and his wife, Gwen, several times and talked about my experience as president. Unlike our nationÔÇÖs tradition around the transfer of power, I didnÔÇÖt leave a secret note on his desk to wish him well. He is an honored serviceman with decades of experience leading thousands of Air Force servicemen and women and an accomplished scholar returning to the place where he first grew into a leader. He will do well here. 

The history of this university is unlike any other. As Dr. Brown steps back on campus and into that history, my wish is that the campus community support him as fervently as you have me. My time at ┐█┐█┤ź├Żhas been more than I ever could have imagined when I accepted that first teaching assignment years ago.

I have celebrated successes with you all, talked through challenges and made tough decisions. With each decision, the long-term success of the university remained at the forefront. The student experience, our innovative programs, world-class professors ÔÇô all of that requires a vision and in some cases compromise.

Thank you for your support all of these years and particularly during my time as the ninth president. It has meant the world to me to work with you ÔÇô to serve with you. Now I turn my focus to enjoying my family, serving the community through my sorority and deciding on a travel itinerary for my next big trip.

I will never be too far away. So donÔÇÖt be surprised when you see me at Homecoming ÔÇô it will be our 100th and I wouldnÔÇÖt dare miss it. For now, I will say so long with gratitude and high expectations for the universityÔÇÖs continued success.


Best regards,

Charlotte P. Morris
┐█┐█┤ź├ŻUniversity 9th President


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