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Morehouse President David Thomas Talks Football, Virus and Race

The historically Black college in Atlanta has faced one hard call after another.

Cameron Fields, Alonte Dunn

Photographer: Alex Brandon/AP Photo

David Thomas took the job as president of Morehouse College in 2018, leading the prominent historically Black college for men in Atlanta after a distinguished two-decade career at Harvard Business School and then as dean of Georgetown University’s business school.

Morehouse was among the first schools to announce it was canceling fall football because of Covid-19, voicing concerns about the health and safety of its athletes. The school this year was on track to draw a surplus of about $250,000 from football, the first time it would have been a positive contributor to the athletic budget, Thomas said.