Dr. George T. French

Clark Atlanta University

In September 2019, George T. French, Jr. became the fifth president of Clark Atlanta University after having served as president of Miles College for 13 years. During his tenure, Miles College set fundraising records, achieved an unprecedented financial composite score to position the school for growth, increased student access to educational funding and more than doubled the size of the existing campus with key land acquisitions.

Prior to serving as the president of Miles College, French served in the roles of acting and interim president for the institution between October and December 2005. Before serving as interim president, French served as a member of the President’s Cabinet as director of institutional planning and development, overseeing the offices of alumni affairs, Federal contracts and grants, Title III, institutional research and effectiveness, congressional relations, and public relations.

A native of Louisville, Ky., French earned a B.A. in political science with an emphasis in policy analysis from the University of Louisville. He was competitively accepted into the University of Richmond Law School and completed two years of studies before being recruited by Miles College to serve as the director of development. 

French completed his final year of law school at Miles Law School, earning a Juris Doctorate. He received his Ph.D. in higher education from Jackson State University.

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Dr. George T. French, President