Morgan State’s Kweisi Mfume has been reelected chairman of Morgan State University’s Board of Regents.
Mfume, an alumnus of the university and a longtime board member, served as a member of the Baltimore City Council, John Hopkins University Board of Trustees, a five term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and is a past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He is also a past president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“I can consider it a high honor and a real load of confidence that the board of regents will allow me the privilege to serve on their board once again,” Mfume told the AFRO. “As a graduate of the University, a former professor of the university and a student of the university, for me in many respects having the opportunity to serve as chairman represents coming of a full circle and I am looking forward to a good year of working with board Dr. Wilson and the board of Wilson to move the university forward.”
Mfume replaced Dallas Evans in 2013, and will serve another one-year term expiring in 2015.
Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, the great granddaughter of the founder of the Afro-American Newspaper and senior pastor of Freedom Temple AME Zion Church was also elected as the vice-chairman.
“She and I are a great team, and I am looking forward to working with her as the vice-chair of the board,” Mfume said of Draper. “I want the alumni at Morgan and all across the United States to know that the university is marching into the future in a way that would make them proud. And I want the students to know that we would do everything in our power, every day of the year to make sure that the education they receive is top notch to open doors of opportunities for them once they leave.”
Tyrone Taborn, publisher of the U.S. Black Engineer Magazine, will serve as board secretary.