FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chair, Miles College Board of Trustees
Office: (205) 929-1145
MILES COLLEGE LEADERSHIP TRANSITION
Fairfield, AL-- The Board of Trustees of Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama has accepted the resignation of its President, Dr. George T. French, Jr., effective August 31, 2019. Dr. French is the 14th President of the school, which was founded in 1898. He has been at Miles College for over twenty-three years, first as the Director of Development and then as President since 2005. His fourteen-year tenure as president is one of the longest in the history of the college.
Under Dr. French's leadership, the school has experienced growth in enrollment, academic excellence, fiscal stability, capital improvements and expansion of the campus and championships in a variety of men's and women's athletics. Miles College is an accredited, historically black, liberal arts college with approximately 1700 students.
The Chair of the Board, Dr. Teresa Jefferson-Snorton expresses gratitude to Dr. French for his stellar leadership: "Dr. French's visionary leadership has been a blessing to the Miles College family. We will miss his presence, insight and acumen on issues and strategies for higher education. We wish him the very best as he assumes the Presidency of Clark Atlanta University!"
The Board of Trustees are in the process of identifying an executive search firm and search committee to launch a national search for the college’s 15th President. Once the search firm is contracted and the search committee is identified, the Board of Trustees will launch listening sessions with key stakeholders to understand the needs of our campus community.
Updates and announcements regarding the search for Miles College 15th President will be listed on www.miles.edu/presidentialsearch (direct link coming soon).
An interim President will be named in the coming weeks.
Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community. Miles, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Miles College is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) higher learning institution. The College is one of only 39 HBCUs to have the designation of a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) institution.