Former Morehouse president takes on new role at Harvard

Former Morehouse College president John S. WIlson. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Former Morehouse College president John S. WIlson. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

The former president of Morehouse College has accepted a senior role at Harvard University, officials there announced Tuesday.

John S. Wilson Jr. will become a senior adviser and strategist to the president as Harvard implements recommendations of a task force for inclusion and belonging.

Wilson is currently president-in-residence at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where he is writing a book on the future of higher education, with an emphasis on black colleges, the university said on its website. He also served as head of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Morehouse board members ended Wilson's contract as its president in April, two months before it was set to expire last year. Wilson, a Morehouse College graduate, had friction with some board leaders over the college's direction.

David A. Thomas became Morehouse's president in January.

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