ROCK HILL, SC – The Clinton College Board of Trustees announced that it has completed its search and has removed the ‘Interim’ title from Dr. Lester A. McCorn as the 13th President of Clinton College on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Dr. McCorn’s has been acting president for the past year and has more than three decades of leadership experience. He joins Clinton College after serving as the senior pastor at Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

“As a product of an Historically Black College and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, this appointment allows me the opportunity to expand the very important mission of a faith-based institution of higher learning at a critical period in our nation’s history. I am committed to leading the College and serving the community with ‘Excellence Without Excuse,'” said Dr. McCorn.

Dr. McCorn succeeds Dr. Elaine Copeland, who retired in 2018 after leading as president for 16 years.

“Clinton is entering a growth phrase and we’re projecting increases and advancements in student enrollment, physical plant, and state and federal funding and alumni and community support. We’re confident we have selected the right leader for such a time as this,” said Bishop Mildred B. Hines, Board of Trustees Chairperson.

A news conference with Dr. McCorn is planned for Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. on campus.

For more information about Dr. Lester A. McCorn, click here.


Clinton College is a Historically Black, private institution with a strong Liberal Arts tradition. The College was founded in 1894 by The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church to meet the needs of descendants of slaves who did not have access to higher education. Today, the doors of the institution are open to all, those who have achieved academically and to those who have yet to reach their full potential. In keeping with its rich tradition, the College continues to provide a learning milieu for students to promote academic achievement and positive moral and spiritual development. This environment fosters leadership qualities and encourages students to be good citizens who can contribute to a global society. For more information about Clinton College, please visit

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