The country focuses on the Big 10 schools and Ivy League as the premiere institutions of higher learning. But, somewhere along the way Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) became an afterthought for African Americans; making them an endangered…institution.
One man is trying to change that on his fledgling campus in Dallas, Texas. According to the New York Times, Michael Sorrell has been president of Paul Quinn College since 2007 and you could say, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The student body made a mass exodus from the school when they lost their accreditation and the campus, nestled in the low-income community of Highland Hills, was distraught.
Under Sorrell’s leadership, there were 13 abandoned buildings removed from the grounds last year, he turned the graduation rate of six percent to 27 percent, removed the football team and is aspiring to gain a soccer team, put stronger admissions standards in effect, and amongst other changes he removed most of the faculty to start anew with fresh talent.
At the ripe age of 45, he’s been a special assistant in the executive office of President Clinton, a successful attorney, and co-founder of a public affairs consulting firm. And he is the only college graduate in his family without a degree from an HBCU. Ironic, right? He holds a bachelor’s from Oberlin College and his master’s and law degrees from Duke. So what would move him to reach back in the way that he has?
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