Michael J. Sorrell

Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th President of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, PQC is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of higher education. Among the school’s numerous accomplishments during his tenure have been: 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 securing the largest single donor gifts in the school’s history. Michael has been recognized as the 2012 HBCU Male President of the Year and as a member of the Root 100. He received the Excellence in Education Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from Duke University’s School of Law; and the TRACS Leadership Award. Michael received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University. He 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.