Morehouse College

Morehouse Collegeā€™s board of trustees voted unanimously to appoint Harold Martin Jr. as its new interim president, the school announced in a Thursday press conference.

Martin, a 2002 alumnus of Morehouse who later earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a law degree from Yale, is the schoolā€™s third president in as many months. He takes over after the sudden death earlier this month of interim President William J. ā€œBillā€ Taggart.

When asked about the timetable for a permanent president, trustee-board Chair William Woods said that the college is taking its time with the search, which is ā€œone of the great things about having someone as capable as Martin.ā€

The college has been searching for a president since a recent controversy in which Morehouseā€™s faculty expressed a ā€œno confidenceā€ vote in the faculty, prompting some of the institutionā€™s more prominent alumniā€”including Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Leeā€”to call for change. The result was a dismantling of leadership, from President John S. Wilson to the entire board of trustees.

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The male-only historically black college recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.