ROCK HILL, SC – Clinton College, a historically black private college, is scheduled to inaugurate the 13th president Dr. Lester A. McCorn on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 11:00 A.M., at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center in Rock Hill, SC.

On August 15, 2018, the Clinton College Board of Trustees announced Dr. Lester A. McCorn as the 13th President. Dr. McCorn has been the acting president for the past year and has more than three decades of leadership experience. He joins Clinton College after serving as senior pastor at Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. McCorn succeeds Dr. Elaine Copeland, who retired in 2018 after leading as president for 16 years.

The celebration will kickoff on Thursday, November 8, 2018, with an Inaugural Symposium at 11:00 A.M. featuring Dr. Walter E. Fluker. On Friday, November 9, 2018, the day will begin with an Inaugural Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 A.M., followed by the Investiture Ceremony at 11:00 A.M.

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ROCK HILL, SC – The Clinton College Board of Trustees announced that it has completed its search and has removed the ‘Interim’ title from Dr. Lester A. McCorn as the 13th President of Clinton College on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Dr. McCorn’s has been acting president for the past year and has more than three decades of leadership experience. He joins Clinton College after serving as the senior pastor at Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

“As a product of an Historically Black College and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, this appointment allows me the opportunity to expand the very important mission of a faith-based institution of higher learning at a critical period in our nation’s history. I am committed to leading the College and serving the community with ‘Excellence Without Excuse,'” said Dr. McCorn.

Dr. McCorn succeeds Dr. Elaine Copeland, who retired in 2018 after leading as president for 16 years.

“Clinton is entering a growth phrase and we’re projecting increases and advancements in student enrollment, physical plant, and state and federal funding and alumni and community support. We’re confident we have selected the right leader for such a time as this,” said Bishop Mildred B. Hines, Board of Trustees Chairperson.

A news conference with Dr. McCorn is planned for Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. on campus.

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ABOUT CLINTON COLLEGE

Clinton College is a Historically Black, private institution with a strong Liberal Arts tradition. The College was founded in 1894 by The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church to meet the needs of descendants of slaves who did not have access to higher education. Today, the doors of the institution are open to all, those who have achieved academically and to those who have yet to reach their full potential. In keeping with its rich tradition, the College continues to provide a learning milieu for students to promote academic achievement and positive moral and spiritual development. This environment fosters leadership qualities and encourages students to be good citizens who can contribute to a global society. For more information about Clinton College, please visit www.clintoncollege.edu.

ROCK HILL, SC  The Rev. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will deliver the commencement address to the spring 2018 graduates at Clinton College. The commencement exercises will be held at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Saturday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Bernice King is the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King. After her father was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968, King was one of the only one of the family’s four children to follow her father into the ministry; her preaching style is seen as similar to his. She is Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia.

Clinton College has announce the awarding of two honorary doctorate degrees at this year’s Commencement Ceremonies. The Reverend Dr. Bernice King will receive the Doctor of Divinity and State Senator John L. Scott will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters. 

For more information about Clinton College Commencement Ceremonies, visit www.clintoncollege.edu.