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Morris Brown College officially regains full accreditation after nearly 20 years

Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 6:50 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2022 at 11:17 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Morris Brown College has regained full accreditation after nearly 20 years.

The historically Black college in downtown Atlanta was granted full accreditation in a unanimous vote from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Tuesday afternoon. Morris Brown’s President Dr. Kevin James says the school is the only college in the country to regain full accreditation and funding after 20 years without it. The re-accreditation will mean students can attend Morris Brown College, receive federal funding and graduate with accredited degrees.

The historically black college was school founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church to provide higher education for African Americans after the Civil War.

Receiving an education at Morris Brown paved the way for notable alumni including Alberta Williams King, the mother of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader Hosea Williams, and hundreds of educators, doctors, athletes, and business leaders.

However, financial impropriety by a previous leader at the school left it in dire condition. Under the immediate past president, Dr. Stanley Pritchett, the school took pride in never closing its doors despite bankruptcy, foreclosure of some facilities, and a dwindling student population. After decades of work from alumni, supporters, and church officials, the school was able to chisel away at more than $30 million dollars of debt.

Current Morris Brown College president, Dr. Kevin James took over a few years ago and declared the school would undergo “a hard reset.” He vowed to return the school to its glory days and regain accreditation under a different accrediting agency. Morris Brown earned accreditation candidacy in 2021 which enabled students to receive federal funding to attend the school. James also expanded programs and began to develop new partnerships, including the upcoming development of a new hotel and hospitality management program on the campus.

The school’s leadership will hold a press conference Thursday to formally announce the decision and steps forward for the college.