Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10:00 a.m. ET
President, Paul Quinn College

This is about creating a new version of higher education, having the ability to implement that vision and then be unapologetic advocates for people who don’t have advocates.

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Named one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents, Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is pioneering the “New Urban College Model” as the President of Paul Quinn College. With a rallying cry of “WE Over Me,” and a mission to end poverty, Sorrell led a total transformation of the historically Black college in Dallas. Under his leadership, Paul Quinn has become nationally renowned for its innovative approach to serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities. Notably, one of Dr. Sorrell’s first moves as president was to convert the College’s football field into the WE over Me Farm, which provides fresh, healthy, affordable food options for its surrounding residents as well as hands-on educational experiences. Dr. Sorrell received a B.A. from Oberlin, a J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and an Ed.D from the University of Pennsylvania.

Drawing from his experiences at Paul Quinn, Dr. Sorrell will share a vision for a new model of higher education with poverty reduction as a core purpose.

New Urban College Model

Under Michael J. Sorrell’s leadership, Paul Quinn is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of higher education and is regularly mentioned nationally as one of the most innovative schools in America. Numerous accomplishments at Paul Quinn include: winning the “2011 HBCU of the Year” and the “2012 HBCU Student Government Association of the Year”; being named a finalist for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award; transforming the unused football field into the “WE over Me Farm”; and more.

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