Interim President of Tuskegee University
Dr. Charlotte P. Morris began her tenure as Tuskegee University’s current interim president on July 1, 2017. Her 30-plus-year tenure at Tuskegee has included numerous leadership and faculty appointments at the college and university levels. Her most recent appointment as interim president is her second appointment to the university’s top post — the first having been in 2010 following the retirement of President Benjamin F. Payton.
Morris began her tenure at Tuskegee University in 1984 as a faculty member of the-now Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science. In 1987, she began serving as executive associate/chief of staff to the university president and secretary to the university’s Board of Trustees — duties she faithfully performed for 23 years. During the last eight years in that position, she also served as the director of the university’s Title III program and as chair of the university’s Convocations and Special Events Committee. After concluding her first appointment as interim president, Morris returned to the Brimmer College, where she served as associate dean and professor of management — until appointed as the college’s interim dean in 2016 upon the retirement of Dean Tejinder Sara.
Morris’ early career experience includes teaching appointments at Trenholm State Community College and Kansas State University. Other higher education experience includes serving as program associate for planning, management and evaluation at Mississippi Valley State University. In 2011, she was appointed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges as a member of its visiting peer review team.
A native of Kosciusko, Mississippi, Morris completed a bachelor’s degree in business education at Jackson State University, a master’s degree in business administration and management at Delta State University, and a Ph.D. degree in education and business management from Kansas State University. She has completed additional graduate-level coursework at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management, higher education administration coursework at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and summer institutes in curriculum development in higher education at Pine Manor College and the American Council on Education’s National Leadership Forum. Her research interests include leadership and the relationship between undergraduate degree majors and current jobs.
A resident of Montgomery, Alabama, since 1983, Morris is a Golden Life member of the Montgomery Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a member and vice president of the Agnes J. Lewis Women’s Club, and a member of the Lilly Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves on the usher board, as a Sunday School teacher, and as a member of the missions’ circle. Additionally, she holds membership in the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society in Business, the Golden Key National Honor Society, the National Council of Negro Women and the American Council on Education.
Among Morris’ accolades is membership in Leadership Montgomery’s Class XXIX, Tuskegee University’s Distinguished Administrative Staff Achievement Award, Bush Foundation Fellow, Service Award from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and inclusion in the 1992 edition of Who’s Who Worldwide. Upon completion of undergraduate studies, she received the “I Dare You” Award for qualities of leadership.
Morris was married to the late Dr. William R. Morris, and is the parent of one adult son.