Tue., January 31, 2012 8:24am (EST)

Morehouse President Leaving
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Morehouse College President Robert Franklin will step down to become President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor by the end of the year. (Photo Courtesy of Morehouse College.)
Morehouse College President Robert Franklin will step down to become President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor by the end of the year. (Photo Courtesy of Morehouse College.)
Morehouse College President Robert Franklin plans to step down after a five-year term as head of the prestigious, historically black men's college.

During his tenure, Franklin launched a new capital campaign and new public perception of Morehouse. He said he plans to take a sabbatical as a scholar in residence at Stanford University's Martin Luther King Jr. Institute and will return to Morehouse to teach.

Franklin will become President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor. If a successor is not found by July 1, Franklin will remain until either a new president is chosen or the end of the year.

Franklin is a 1975 alumnus. Other prominent graduates include King, former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, filmmaker Spike Lee, and actor Samuel L. Jackson.