Morehouse College's Leader Seeks to Reverse Decline

A New President Seeks to Move Historic Morehouse College Into the Future 1

Kendrick Brinson for The Chronicle

President John S. Wilson Jr. wants Morehouse to be what he imagined as a student there in the 1970s: "a great Morehouse, an awesome place."

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Kendrick Brinson for The Chronicle

President John S. Wilson Jr. wants Morehouse to be what he imagined as a student there in the 1970s: "a great Morehouse, an awesome place."

Walking across the campus of his alma mater, Morehouse College, President John S. Wilson Jr. points out buildings named for famous alumni and leaders of the civil-rights movement.

The building that used to be called Thurman Hall, where Mr. Wilson lived as a freshman in 1975, was named for the influential 20th-century theologian, Howard Thurman. Du Bois Hall, where Mr. Wilson lived his sophomore through senior years, is named for W.E.B. Du Bois. King Chapel is named for the college's