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Class is in Session for President French at Harvard University

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Class is in Session for President French at Harvard University




Fairfield, AL –George T. French, Jr., president of Miles College will head back to school this fall as a student at Harvard University.  The Harvard Graduate School of Education selected President George T. French Jr., to participate in The Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents. One of only 35 presidents selected for the prestigious professional development seminar, French will work closely with senior Harvard faculty and seminar colleagues in classroom sessions, small group discussions, consultations and informal conversations to address the issues impacting higher education today.

The intensive interactive, retreat-like program focuses on three key topics: leadership, governance, and strategy. Against this backdrop, the Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents is an opportunity for experienced college and university presidents to think together about the issues they face in a new higher education landscape.


A champion for his students, President French advocates strategic plans and programs at Miles College in order to make education accessible to traditionally underserved students.  Prior to his appointment as President of Miles College in 2006, he served the institution as the Director of Institutional Planning and Development and interim President. He is proficient in the disciplines of Political Science, Law, and Higher Education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Policy Analysis from the University of Louisville. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Miles School of Law and is currently ABD at Jackson State University for the Ph.D., where he is completing his dissertation on the topic of 21st century challenges in higher education and the use of transformational and transactional leadership styles as solutions.

Under President French’s leadership, Miles College has recently completed the $30 million “Miles Ahead” Campaign, with gifts and pledges exceeding $42.4 million, the acquisition of the former Lloyd Noland Hospital Campus and on October 17, 2013 dedicated three newly constructed campus facilities: the George T. French, Jr. Student Activity Center, the Welcome and Admissions Center and the 204-bed Teresa E. Snorton Hall.

President French was recently appointed by the United States Congress to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), is a 2013 recipient of NAACP Man of the Year award, was one of the six 2013 finalists for HBCU Male President of the Year, and was recognized as a 2013 Father of the Year for the National Diabetes Association.


The Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents in Cambridge, MA, is a part of The Harvard Graduate School of Education's Programs in Professional Education (PPE). For more than 25 years, the Harvard Graduate School of Education has offered professional education programs for educational leaders.


Miles College, founded in 1898, is a senior private, liberal arts Historically Black College with roots in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, motivating and preparing students through committed faculty and staff. It is located in metropolitan Birmingham, within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. It is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees.


Media Contact: Alicia Johnson-Williams, (205)515-7781, E-mail:  ajohnson@miles.edu

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