Dear Morris Brown College Family:
Welcome back to the Morris Brown College campus for the 2017-2018 academic year. We continue to work to make Morris Brown College a premier institution of higher learning. Over the summer, we made aesthetic changes to our grounds, improving the landscaping, clearing clutter, and repainting areas like the parking lot and inside corridors. This was a collaborative effort of students, staff, alumni and corporate volunteers, and we thank all for their diligent and passionate support.
We left our last commencement celebration on a high note. Atlanta’s own Chris Tucker officially declared himself a “Wolverine” when he received an honorary degree, and our recent graduates heard a dynamic message from keynote speaker Dr. Dennis Kimbro of Clark-Atlanta University, who encouraged and inspired us all to let our light shine to spread news to the world that the final chapter in the Morris Brown legacy is yet to be told.
As you are aware, much of our focus aside from educating the next generation of students has been on gaining accreditation. We have engaged a leading accreditation consulting firm, Silver and Associates, to assist in assessing our progress as we move forward to achieve the goal of candidacy and full accreditation. We have sworn in additional Board of Trustee members whose expertise in business, government and education will continue to aid us in developing our curriculum and acquiring sustainable resources to reinforce financial stability. Our Board chair, Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, has been instrumental in leading the governance of Morris Brown College and has inspired us to “Imagine…Aspire…Believe.” We have a laser focus on our ultimate objective as we work to build upon our core strength as an educational institution designed to cultivate inspiration, innovation and lifelong learning.
“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine” is often thought of as a children’s gospel melody, but these lines have significance to us all when we delve deeper into their meaning. This academic year, we are committed to meeting our challenges head-on, as we pay homage to our spiritual origins through the teachings of Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” This academic year, we implore you, as new and returning students to this historic campus, to let your light shine. Like others before you, you’ve made the decision to join a nurturing family that embraces your light and encourages you to imagine, aspire and believe that you can achieve any dream set forth, despite obstacles encountered.
If you are alumni or a friend of Morris Brown College, you can let your light shine by being active in this renaissance through generous, consistent giving. Make a difference in the life of others by making a commitment to sustain the College throughout the accreditation process.
May God richly bless you during this 2017-2018 school year.
Stanley J.Pritchett, Sr., Ed.D.