A chilly rain splattered on the construction machinery parked across the street from Morehouse School of Medicine, but Friday morning was bright for the folks gathered there for an official groundbreaking.
Morehouse College hosted a town hall meeting Thursday afternoon with Howard Schultz, founder and executive chairman of Starbucks; and Rosalind Gates Brewer, Starbucks’ president of the Americas and chief operating officer.
The town hall, which had been planned for month, took place less than a month after two black males were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for hanging out at the café without buying anything.
When David A. Thomas was 10 years old, his ambition was to attend Morehouse College.
On Sunday, the board of trustees of Atlanta-based Morehouse College named Thomas the 12th president of the prestigious historically-black institution.
Thomas comes with a 30-year academic background working for Ivy League institutions. He currently is the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, a position he’s held since January.
A new leadership team is in place at Morehouse College as its Board of Trustees elected a new board chairman – Willie Woods; and named William “Bill” Taggart as the interim president.
The trustees, who met in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday, made the leadership changes after a host of reports revealed a fractionalized relationship between the board – in particular its Chairman Robert Davidson – and its president for the past four years – John S. Wilson.