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Morris Brown College Settles One Major Debt

Atlanta, GA –
After losing its accreditation in 2003 amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement of government funds Morris Brown College has paid a settlement agreement with the Department of Education.
As WABE's Rose Scott reports it's a small step forward as the historically black college tries to regain academic standing and become a full institution.

It's been a slow climb towards viability for the century plus old liberal arts college.
In 2002, it was revealed then President Delores Cross and the school's financial aid director masterminded a scheme to illegally obtain federal grants and loans.
That began an avalanche of problems.
The school was stripped of its accreditation and had racked up a debt of nearly 30 million dollars.
More than 9-million was owed to the Department of Education, that's now settled with a half million payment to the DOE.

DR. STANLEY PRITCHETT:
"we look at this as being a significant achievement in our overall turnaround plan for the college we started in that we started 2010"

Dr. Stanley Pritchett is currently the president of Morris Brown.
He says that strategic plan primarily consists of climbing out of debt, regaining accreditation and repairing the image of Morris Brown College.

DR. STANLEY PRITCHETT:
"that would include partnerships with major entities as well as significant programs to attract students to be a part of the environment of this rich legacy and a bright future"

There are students enrolled at Morris Brown and Dr. Pritchett says the college now offers some online courses.
Morris Brown College was founded in 1881 by former slaves with support from the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
It was Georgia's first educational institution fully funded by African Americans.