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August/September 2017


Morehouse Selects New Interim President Harold Martin Jr.


Recently, Interim President William


Morehouse College J “Bill”


Taggart passed away unexpectedly causing a necessary search for a new Interim President to take his place. The Morehouse College Board of Trustees unanimously voted Harold Martin Jr. to become the new Interim President of Morehouse College.


Dr. Harold Martin Jr. has an


M.B.A from Harvard Business School, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and is a Morehouse College alumnus. He graduated Morehouse Summa Cum Laude in 2002 as his class valedictorian with a B.A. in Business Administration and a membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He is a business leader with experience the consultation and leadership at many higher learning institutes and Fortune 500 companies. He has also been an Associate Partner at one of the world’s leading management consulting firms, McKinsey & Company. He has since built his own independent


business consulting


practice and private investment firm in Atlanta where he lives with his wife and children.


Harold Martin Jr. is the son of


another leader at an institute of higher education. He is the son of Dr. Harold Martin Senior, who is the Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University. According to North Carolina A&T’s website, Martin Sr. began his tenure as chancellor on June 8, 2009. Currently,


The HBCU Advocate


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Dr. Brandeis Marshall: An Interdisciplinary Approach to


Data Science and Analytics With the support of a three-year National Science Foundation grant, Dr. Marshall and a colleague at Morehouse College, are training faculty at Spelman and Morehouse on data science principles that apply to a number of interdisciplinary areas such as applied statistics, biology, business analytics, business intelligence, chemistry,


computer science, data


analytics, data mining and information management.


Data science and analytics-


North Carolina A&T does not offer the opportunity for its highest ranking students to become valedictorians.


Since graduating college Interim President Martin Jr. has continued to be an active member in the Morehouse College community. He led a project to develop Morehouse’s strategic plan in 2011 and was invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2014. Since then, he has been a member of the Finance and the Trusteeship and Governance Committees, as well as multiple ad hoc committees. Earlier in 2017 Martin Jr. was elected Secretary of the Board but has since stepped down in light


of his new role as


Interim President. Dr. Harold Martin Jr. will take on


the responsibilities as President on a day-to-day basis until a new President is hired.


enabled jobs are varied and include business analysts, financial fund managers, cyber security analysts, statistical geneticists and marketing directors.


Cyber security findings, company sales, shopping trends and the impact of social media are driven by big data. By 2021, according to a 2017 Busi- ness-Higher Education Forum report, “Investing in America’s Data Science and Analytics Talent: The Case for Action,” college graduates with a skill set that incorporates data science and analytics, will be two times more likely to be hired than their peers. With less than one in four graduates possessing these skills, Brandeis Marshall, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Spelman College Department of Computer and Information Sciences, is preparing Spelman students for this major shift in the job market.


“I believe that data runs our


world,” said Dr. Marshall in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. “I cannot think of one discipline or field that does not collect, store, categorize, manipulate


and process data for


information management.” Dr. Marshall teaches several courses including “Data Structures and


Theoretical Foundation of Computer Science” and “Introduction to Database Management Systems.“ She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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