SUMTER, SC – Morris College has named Leroy Staggers as “president-elect” on March 29 at a special called meeting. Straggers as been serving as interim president since July 1, 2017, after succeeding former President Luns C. Richardson who retired on June 30. Morris College than announced the passing of Dr. Luns C. Richardson on January 13, 2108. He died at the age of 89 in his hometown of Hartsville, SC.
According to The Sumter Item, College Board Chairman the Rev. Mack Hines said Friday that Staggers would serve as interim president through June 30. On July 1, Staggers will officially become Morris’ new president.
Staggers has worked at Morris for 25 years since being hired in 1993. For most of that time, he was the college’s academic dean, in which capacity he supervised all academic programs at Morris, all faculty members, and academic instructional support programs, according to the college. Before arriving at Morris, Straggers served as vice president of academic affairs, associate professor of English and director of faculty development at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina.
Hines said he thinks Staggers is the right person for the job considering his long history with the school and that he’s a scholar with an earned Ph.D.
In its presidential search application process, Hines said 81 applicants applied for the job. The vote for Staggers was unanimous.
“The faculty knows him and respects him, and the students do, as well,” Hines said. “He also has a sensitivity to human needs, and he has an open heart for Morris College. He loves the school.”
A native of Salters in Williamsburg County, Staggers earned his bachelor’s degree from Voorhees College in Denmark and received both a master’s and a doctorate from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. Also, Staggers has completed the Harvard University Institute for Education Management program, which addresses the stewardship role played by senior-level leaders at their respective institutions.
As the college’s new president, Staggers will be responsible for guiding Morris through various challenges it faces.