Profile

Michael Sorrell
President, Paul Quinn College

Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th president of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the school has become one of the most interesting and innovative small colleges in America. Sorrell’s vision is to permanently transform PQC into a nationally elite small college by creating a new model for urban higher education that focuses on academic rigor and entrepreneurship. Among the school’s numerous accomplishments during  his eight year tenure have been: winning the 2011 HBCU of the Year, the 2012 HBCU Student Government Association of the Year, and the 2013 HBCU Business Program of the Year awards; being recognized as a member of the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; creating the New Urban College Model; 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 (TRACS); rewriting all institutional fundraising records (including the most seven-figure gifts in school history); and restructuring the curriculum. Sorrell received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and his Ed.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.