Morehouse College

The college confirmed with ESSENCE that their interim President, William “Bill” Taggart has died. "For the past two years, Bill devoted himself wholeheartedly to Morehouse College." 

Jun, 08, 2017

Interim President for Morehouse College, William "Bill" Taggart, has died. 

In a statement released to ESSENCE, The Morehouse College Board of Trustees confirmed his death and said, "we are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Interim President William J. "Bill" Taggart, a beloved colleague, father and friend." According to CBS46 and The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionTaggart passed away from an apparent aneurysm. 

"For the past two years, Bill devoted himself wholeheartedly to Morehouse College. We are eternally grateful for his loyal support, counsel, and the leadership he provided to students, faculty, and alumni. Throughout his tenure, Bill had a positive impact on Morehouse College and the Greater Atlanta business community. He leaves behind a long legacy of compassion, integrity and devotion. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time," the statement read. 

The all-male historically Black college welcomed Taggart in April to replace ousted President John Wilson. Previously, he served as the executive in residence at the college. 

Taggart has more than three decades of experience working in areas of higher education and the federal government, according to his LinkedIn page. He received his undergraduate degree from Howard University and an MBA from Harvard's Business School. Taggart was also the former president/CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Company.