I received the link below, and thought about one of my first clients in Atlanta.
Looks like the woes continue.
from Cordy Tindell Vivian’s Notes (Facebook)
Dr. Stanley Pritchett
Office of the President
643 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4140
Telephone (404) 739.1010
Fax (404) 739.1018
MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE
Message from the President
This message is part of our continuing effort to keep you informed about the challenges and opportunities facing Morris Brown College (MBC). First, let me thank all of you for your many efforts in support of MBC. We currently face a major obstacle and need your immediate support.
This past Monday, the Mayorâ€™s Office disconnected the water service for MBC, because of past due bills. The City refuses to discuss the actual amount which is due. The water issue was on the news where it was reported that Morris Brown owes $100,000. In a good faith effort to resolve the bill, the college made a payment of $20,000 towards an earlier agreement where we missed the November (2008) payment. However, since receiving the recent payment of $20,200, the Mayorâ€™s Office has refused to reconnect services, and is now stating that we owe and must pay $380,000.
Of course, most of the bill is aged between 3 â€“ 5 years, and the bill is included in the collegeâ€™s recovery plan that is well underway. We have developed a new and comprehensive business plan prepared with the assistance of Howard University Business School. We are working with the CEO of a local bank to restructure the outstanding debt of the College. Both are part of the Collegeâ€™s Recovery Plan to enable MBC to apply for accreditation.
Today (Friday, December 19, 2008), I was interviewed by Channel 11 (NBC) News. The interview should air on the six oâ€™clock news. There were 240 students enrolled at MBC this fall. Presently, those students are on holiday break and are due to return on January 12, 2009. Unless the water services are restored, MBC cannot reopen. Again, we are asking for your prayers and for your financial support.
Let us work in unity to restore our institution!
Stanley J. Pritchett
Morris Brown College Urgent Campaign