On Friday, December 15th, Morgan State University will be honoring Dr. George A. Pruitt, Ph.D, at the university’s 10th Annual Fall Commencement Ceremony. Dr. Pruitt, a trailblazer of education and former president of Thomas Edison State University, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He will be honored alongside Kim Godwin, president of ABC News and the first Black woman to serve as a news network, as well as the Honorable Larry Hogan, former governor of Maryland. These honorees will be bestowed with an honorary Doctor of Public Service. The upcoming ceremony will take place the Talmadge L. Hill Field House before an audience of graduates, faculty, University officials, and guests.

Dr. George A. Pruitt serves as president emeritus and Board Distinguished Fellow at Thomas Edison State University. Dr. Pruitt also serves as Committee Chair for Greater Trenton’s Advisory Board. Dr. Pruitt was appointed the institution’s third president in December 1982 and served for over 35 years. He is among the longest-serving public university presidents in the nation and was identified as one of the country’s most effective college presidents in a study of presidential leadership funded by the Exxon Education Foundation.

Active in formulating educational policy nationally and within the State of New Jersey, he has served in an advisory capacity to five education secretaries under three US presidents of both parties. He has received numerous awards, honors and commendations and has consulted widely in higher education, business and government. Before his tenure at Thomas Edison State University, he served in executive leadership positions at numerous universities, including Morgan State University. The University will bestow upon him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his lifelong commitment and contributions to higher education.

For more information regarding Morgan’s Fall 2023 Commencement Exercises, please visit the official commencement site for further details. You can read more about Dr. Pruitt and his impressive array of accomplishments on the Thomas Edison State University website, linked here: TESU – Dr. Pruitt. As Dr. Pruitt prepares to receive this honor, may we come together as a community to celebrate the achievements of a true Trenton pioneer.

Dr. George A. Pruitt, Ph.D

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