The president of Morehouse College, David Thomas, is tackling his freshman year in an unusual way.
What We Know:
- He is the first leader of the prestigious institution that isn’t an alumnus. He went to Yale and received multiple degrees.
- He’s moving into Graves Hall – the oldest building on campus, which once housed the entire college. He’s only staying two days.
- He won’t have a roommate.
- Upon moving in, Thomas met the dorm’s resident assistants who presented him with paperwork to fill out — including a waiver promising he won’t have visitors during his stay. Visitation rights don’t kick in until November for freshmen.
- Thomas wanted to attend Morehouse when he graduated from high school in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, but he couldn’t afford the tuition.
- He brings 30 years of higher-education experience to his new role, 20 of those years at Harvard. He began in January – this will be his first academic year.
- In 2016, Morehouse implemented a policy that requires students to live on campus for three years. Dorm living costs more than $10,000 per academic year, in addition to the school’s yearly $26,742 tuition. The policy was introduced by former President John S. Wilson Jr., who was ousted by the board of trustees in January 2017.
- Thomas has released plans to spruce up the Morehouse campus. They include a late-night convenience store that opened Monday and renovations for a number of existing facilities.
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