President of Morehouse College Has Not Been Ousted, It Says

Morehouse College has not removed its president from his job early, a college spokeswoman told The Chronicle.

In an email, Cathy C. Tyler, executive director of strategic communications at Morehouse, said a report of his ouster was “not true.”

An article posted on Monday by HBCU Digest, a website for news and commentary about historically black colleges, suggested that John Silvanus Wilson Jr. had been ousted three months earlier than his expected departure. In January, Morehouse’s Board of Trustees decided not to renew Mr. Wilson’s contract.

The report gained steam as several outlets picked up the story, adding to the confusion.

Last month several leaders of black colleges met with President Trump in Washington in hopes of securing a strong executive order on HBCUs and the promise of additional funding. However, the leaders were left wanting, and Mr. Wilson shared his dismay with his campus. Some reports conflated Mr. Wilson’s criticism of President Trump with his reported ousting.

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