SUMTER, SC – Morris College will celebrate the inauguration of its 10th President, Dr. Leroy Staggers and all are welcome to attend. The investiture ceremony will be held Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m. in the Neal-Jones Auditorium. Following the ceremony, a luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. in the Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center.

Several notable individuals will be present during the event. Sumter Mayor the Honorable Joseph T. McElveen, Jr. South Carolina Senate District 25 the Honorable J. Thomas McElveen, III, Sumter County Chairman the Honorable James T. McClain and Claflin University President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale will bring greetings followed by faculty and staff, alumni, and the Student Government Association President.

The Presidential Charge will be given by President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund Dr. Michael Lomax.

According to a press release by the University, by unanimous decision, the Morris College Board of Trustees named Dr. Leroy Staggers, President-Elect until July 1, 2018. The board of trustees identified a Presidential Search Committee and initiated search for a permanent president in May of 2017 following the late Dr. Luns D. Richardson’s retirement after 43 years of devoted leadership Dr. Leroy Staggers served as interim President from July 1, 2017, to present.

Joining the Morris College family in 1993, Dr. Staggers, whose passion for students’ intellectual growth, has provided dedicated service to Morris College for roughly 24 years. Most recently, he has served 16 years as the institution’s Academic Dean. As Academic Dean, Dr. Staggers was responsible for the supervision of all academic programs, all full-time and part-time faculty members as well as all academic support instructional programs. He worked very closely with Dr. Richardson on all aspects of Morris College’s reaffirmation of accreditation efforts.

Before joining the Morris College family, he served as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of English, and Director of Faculty Development for Barber-Scotia College in Concord, NC. Additionally, he has served as instructor of English and Reading at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL., and chairman of the Division of Humanities and Assistant Professor of English at Voorhees College in Denmark, SC.

This event is expected to reach capacity in the Neal-Jones Auditorium. There will be an overflow viewing area with a Livestream in the O.R. Reuben Chapel and Religious Center. You can follow the inauguration ceremony online by using the following hashtags: #MorrisInauguration #MOCOInauguration #MOCO10thPresident. A link to the live stream will be available soon.

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About Morris College

Established in 1908, Morris College is a historically black, co-educational, liberal arts college, operated by the South Carolina Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention. Located in Sumter, S.C. Morris’ mission is to provide students with the intellect and personal development needed to enhance their lives while preparing students for the path in which they choose to pursue.


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