Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell is the longest-serving President in the 146-year history of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, Paul Quinn has become nationally renowned for its innovative approach of using higher education to address the most persistent and pressing problems of society. Among the school’s numerous accomplishments during President Sorrell’s eleven-year tenure have been the following: winning the HBCU of the Year, the HBCU Student Government Association of the Year, and the HBCU Business Program of the Year awards; achieving recognition as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; creating the New Urban College Model; demolishing 15 abandoned campus buildings; partnering with PepsiCo to transform the football field into the “WE over Me Farm”; achieving full-accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools; creating the College’s first faculty-led study abroad program; and rewriting all institutional fundraising records. President Sorrell was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the World’s Greatest Leaders (as #34) and is the only two-time recipient of the HBCU Male President of the Year Award in history (2016 and 2012) and has been nominated a record six times. The Washington Monthly named President Sorrell one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents.

Watch Michael’s South by Southwest EDU talk— you’ll never forget it!