NOTEWORTHY NEWS; Morris Brown Trustees Appoint Chemistry Professor as Acting President

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Losing a bid to win back its accreditation, historically Black Morris Brown College is also losing its president. Dr. Charles E. Taylor, resigned a week after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools released a letter denying the college's appeal to restore its accreditation.

Morris Brown's board of trustees last month accepted Taylor's resignation and appointed a chemistry professor, Dr. Leroy Frazier, as acting president of a school facing a debt of about $27 million.

SACS' decision disqualified students for federal financial aid. Nearly 90 percent of the private school's 2,500 students relied on that aid. Since first losing accreditation in December because of a lack of financial stability, only half the students enrolled in the fall actually attended the school (see Black Issues, April 24).

Morris Brown, which is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, reduced its spring semester to just seven weeks so graduating seniors could earn degrees before the appeal.

Administrators have promised to keep the school open and reapply for accreditation. School officials said they have raised nearly $5 million of a short-term debt of $10 million. …