Lexington, VA • Thursday, October 07, 2010
Michael SorrellPaul Quinn College President
The Black Law Students Association and the Sports Entertainment Law Society at Washington and Lee University School of Law will host Michael Sorrell on October 14, 2010 at 12 p.m. in Classroom C of Lewis Hall. Sorrell will make a presentation titled "Leadership in the 21st Century: The Road to a College Presidency."
Sorrell became the 34th president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas in 2007. Under his leadership, the school has embarked upon an aggressive agenda that stresses academic excellence, extreme accountability, and a commitment to the community via servant leadership. Having previously worked in sports management conflict resolution and strategic public affairs, corporate political and communications consulting for Fortune 100 companies, and as Special Assistant to the President's Initiative on Race, Sorrell's transition to academic administration may not have been foreseen. Sorrell explains that a chance meeting with the president of Spelman College is what solidified his dreams of one day leading a historically black college.
His aggressive rejuvenation of the Paul Quinn campus includes the implementation of a mandatory dress code, the PepsiCo-partnered conversion of the school football field into a sustainable farm, as well as overhauling the school's administrative operations. Additionally, he has fostered a relationship with the student body that places him at the very core of campus life. His cell phone number is available to every student.
President Sorrell received his J.D. and Masters in Public Policy at Duke, was a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and graduated from Oberlin Collegea with a B.A. in Government.