Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs daily, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.
This week’s Chancellor or President: Dr. Leroy Staggers, Tenth President of Morris College
Dr. Leroy Staggers is the tenth President of Morris College and he has been a part of the Morris College family for twenty-five years.
For sixteen years he served as Academic Dean and Professor of English. The Academic Dean is a member of the Cabinet and is responsible for the supervision of all academic programs, all full time and part-time faculty members and all academic support instructional programs. Dr. Staggers has held other positions at the College to include Chairman of the former Division of Religion and Humanities (now combined with the Division of Social Sciences) and Director of Faculty Development. As Academic Dean, Dr. Staggers worked very closely with the late President Luns C. Richardson on all aspects of Morris College’s on-going reaffirmation of accreditation efforts, including the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
In addition to serving in several administrative positions at Morris College, Dr. Staggers has remained committed to teaching in his role as Professor English. Frequently, he teaches English courses and enjoys working directly with students in the classroom and directly contributing to their intellectual growth and development. Dr. Staggers joined the Morris College family in 1993 as an Associate Professor of English.
Before joining the Morris College family in August of 1993, Dr. Staggers served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of English and Director of Faculty Development at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina. Additional higher education administrative and teaching appointments included serving as Chairman of the Division of Humanities and Assistant Professor of English at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. Also, Dr. Staggers served as instructor of English and Reading at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.
Dr. Staggers was born in Kingstree, South Carolina and grew in Salters, South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from Vorhees College and earn both doctorate and master’s degrees from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. Also, he completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management (IEM) Program. The Harvard University IEM Program “addresses the critical stewardship role played by senior-level leaders at their institutions and provides a core set of conceptual tools for understanding both the quantitative and qualitative aspect of effective institutional leadership.”
He is a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church (JMBC) in Sumter, South Carolina where Rev. Marion Newton is Pastor. He served for 5 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the JMBC Christian and Academic School. Dr. Straggers’ favorite Scripture for constant meditation is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
About Morris College
Morris College was founded in 1908 by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina to provide educational opportunities for Negro students in response to the historical denial of access to the existing educational system. Today, under the continued ownership of its founding body, the College opens its doors to a culturally and geographically diverse student body, typically from the Southeast and Northeast regions. Morris College is an accredited, four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and career-focused institution awarding baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences and in career-based professional fields. For more information, visit www.morris.edu.
About the HBCU Campaign Fund
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.