Dr. Kevin James

Dr. Kevin James serves as the 19th President of Morris Brown College, a historically Black college located in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role he leads as CEO and is responsible for leadership and management of all aspects of college operations and responsible for the development and execution of the vision and strategic direction for the college in concert with the Board of Trustees.

In his nearly 22-year career as a higher education administrator, executive business leader, and motivational speaker, Dr. Kevin James is committed to improving his community through education and empowerment. He has served in various executive-level roles in both for-profit and non-profit colleges.



As A Higher Education Administrator,
Executive Business Leader, & Motivational Speaker 

Furthermore, his non-profit leadership experience includes serving on the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. Board of Directors, Chair of Mentoring, and Vice Chair for New Member Training. He also served on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc., located in Columbus, Ga., and was a career-readiness speaker for college students with the United Negro College Fund. Additionally, he has numerous leadership experiences in international associations and fraternal organizations as an advisor and regional director. Moreover, he serves on the National Board of Directors (Executive Committee) for the Safe America Foundation Inc. and the University of South Florida Advisory Board, Muma College of Business. In fall 2018, he was a nominee for the Turknett Leadership Character Award recognizing outstanding leaders of character across Georgia in the business, nonprofit and education sectors.

Prior to his current post as President, Dr. James was Interim CEO of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (The 100), internationally headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The mission of 100 Black Men of America is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. 100 Black Men of America has more than 125,000 students enrolled in its mentoring and outreach programs. In his role as CEO, Dr. James oversaw the day to day operations, strategic planning, and external relations for the non-profit organization of 10,000+ members who volunteer through a host of mentorship and community service initiatives across the country and internationally.

Dr. Kevin James was named as one of Atlanta’s Most Powerful Leaders by Atlanta Magazine in January 2021. Additionally, he received the 4 Brighter Futures Foundation, Inc. Chairman Award, a Georgia Leadership Character Awards nominee, and Morris Brown College was named Top 10 Smaller HBCU that is Rising #6 by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

A native of Columbia, S.C., Dr. James attended South Carolina State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Social Sciences from Winthrop University; a master’s degree in Business Management, Leadership, and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University; and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of the Higher Education Institute at Harvard University.

Among his memberships are Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and Golden Key International Honor Society. Committed to community service, Dr. James holds memberships in several organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, the Prince Hall Masonic Fraternity, and 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.

Morris Brown Presidential History


Bishop Wesley John Gaines


Mary McCree, First Principal 1885-1886

Alice D. Carey, Second Principal 1886-1887

E.W. Lee, Third Principal 1887-1888

St. George Richardson, Fourth Principal 1888-1892


  1. A. St. George Richardson, (1892-1896)
  2. James M. Henderson, (1896-1904)
  3. J.S. Flipper, (1904-1908)
  4. E.W. Lee, (1908-1911)
  5. W.A. Fountain Sr., (1911-1920)
  6. John H. Lewis, (1920-1928)
  7. William A. Fountain, Jr., (1928-1950)
  8. Edward C. Mitchell, (1950-1951)
  9. John H. Lewis, (1951-1958)
  10. Frank Cunningham, (1958-1965)
  11. John A. Middleton, (1965-1973)
  12. Robert Threatt, (1973-1984)
  13. Calvert H. Smith, (1984-1992)
  14. Samuel D. Jolley, Jr., (1993-1997)
  15. Delores E. Cross, (1998-2002)
  16. Charles E. Taylor, (2002-2003)
  17. Samuel D. Jolley, Jr., (2004-2006)
  18. Stanley J. Pritchett, Sr., (2006-2018)
  19. Kevin E. James, (2019-Present)

President Advisory Board