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Saturday, February 16, 2013

President of Paul Quinn College on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

 Update: Audio of show can be found here.

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world".

Throughout 2013 listeners will hear from presidents of organizations who are global change agents. We will also hear from CEOs of social enterprise businesses who are changing communities and college educators who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods to learn and serve others.

Join us on Saturday, February 16, 2013, to hear from 2012  HBCU Male President of the Year,  Michael J. Sorrell. Listen to President Sorrell share his passion for Paul Quinn College and the students of Quinnite Nation. Hear him talk about the numerous challenges he encountered on day one of his tenure at Paul Quinn College and how those challenges did not deter him for setting (and achieving) goals for the school that has inspired his students... and the nation.

Tune in to hear why he believes Paul Quinn College is on the path to becoming one of America's best small colleges. President Sorrell will share about servant leadership and its role in preparing college students for their future now. He will also discuss why he believes Paul Quinn College's Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising will be a "transformative force within our society

We will also hear from Marybeth Gasman who will share her insights on our interview with President Sorrell.

 Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST. This show will also be aired on WTST, a member of the HBCU radio network.

More About President  Michael J. Sorrell

   Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th President of Paul Quinn College and the reigning “HBCU Male President of the Year”. Under his leadership, Paul Quinn is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of higher education. His vision is to transform the school into one of America’s great small colleges by focusing on servant leadership and academic rigor. Among the college’s numerous accomplishments during President Sorrell’s tenure have been: winning the “2011 HBCU of the Year” and the “2012 HBCU Student Government Association of the Year” titled; the demolition of 15 abandoned campus buildings; partnering with PepsiCo to transform the football field into the two acre “WE over Me Farm”; and achieving full accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

     Michael received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University.  While in law school, he was one of the founding members of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and served as the Vice President of the Duke Bar Association.  Michael was a recipient of the Sloan Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which funded his studies at both Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (as a graduate fellow) and Duke University.  He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government, served as Secretary-Treasurer of his senior class, was a two-time captain of the men’s varsity basketball team, and graduated as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer.

     The President recently joined the Alpha Epsilon Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  He currently serves on the National Finance Committee for Obama for America and on the boards of Amegy Bank, Teach for America, the North Texas Public Broadcasting Company, Inc. and KIPP Truth Academy. He also has been recognized by the Root Online Magazine as a member of the “Root 100” (a list of the top 100 emerging leaders in America) and the Dallas Observer as one of Dallas’ “30 Most Interesting People”.  Among his other recognitions are: the Excellence in Education Distinguished Alumni Award from his high school, St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Educational Excellence from Duke University’s School of Law; and the TRACS Leadership Award.  He is a past recipient of the Dallas Urban League’s Torch for Community Leadership and both the President’s and C.B. Bunkley Awards from J.L. Turner for his outstanding contributions to the Dallas legal community.

     President Sorrell is married to the former Natalie Jenkins.  Natalie is an alumna of Spelman College and received her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  They have one son, two-year old Michael Augustus.

Wall Street Article featuring Paul Quinn College can be found here.
Other Media Outlets Stories:

HBCU Digest

Recent Awards and Recognitions

2011 HBCU of the Year | 2012 HBCU Male President of the Year | 2012 HBCU SGA of the Year | 2012 TADC Distinguished Campus Leader Award
2012 Ebony Top Liberal Arts HBCU List | 2011 Huffington Post Top Ten HBCU Successes List | 2011 HBCU Digest Most Underrated HBCUs List

Photo Credits: Paul Quinn College

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