ERIC Number: EJ764839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-17
Reference Count: N/A
Following in the Footsteps of Legends
Seymour, Add, Jr.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n7 p15-17 May 2007
Walter Massey and Morehouse College seem to have been destined for each other. His enrollment to the college in the 1950s was more a matter of fate than anything else--when his mother drove a group of boys from his hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, up to the college to take an early admission test, a 16-year-old Massey went along for the ride. Now, after 12 years at the helm of the nation's largest all-male liberal arts institution, Massey says he's ready to retire. During his half-century-long association with Morehouse, he's cemented his legacy at an institution known as much for its tight family structure as for producing Black leaders. Some at the school say Massey's name could be mentioned in the same breath as two other legendary Black educators and former Morehouse presidents: Benjamin Mays and John Sales. While some debate his effectiveness in interacting with his students, no one questions Massey's track record in the community and corporate world. Massey's time at Morehouse hasn't been without its trials and tribulations, but he has done an excellent job of taking the university to the next level.
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Change Agents, Profiles, College Presidents, Black Colleges, Governance, Administrator Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi