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General Officers

Gen. (Ret.) William E. "Kip" Ward, '71, the first Commander of the U.S. Africa Command, received the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement, during a ceremony in Baltimore in February. Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the award to Gen. Ward, who is the most recent African-American four-star general in the U.S. Army. The award was the second major honor in as many months for Gen. Ward, who also received a Trumpet Award in January. Trumpet Awards go to individuals, primarily African Americans, who have achieved professional success and have inspired others.

Gen. (Ret.) Larry R. Ellis, U.S. Army, '69, is chief executive officer of DHB Industries, Inc. Since taking the top post late 2010, Gen. Ellis has led a dramatic financial turnaround of the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based company, which makes bullet-resistant vests and other antiballistic equipment for the military. DHB brought in $340 million in revenue in the last fiscal year. Gen. Ellis retired from the military in 2004 as the nation's top ranked Black officer, after 35 years of service.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Bennie E. Williams, '72, was chief of staff to Baltimore City Public School System CEO, Dr. Andrés Alonso. Maj. Gen. Williams received his bachelor's degree from Morgan in elementary education and served 35 years in the Army before retiring last year. He was a 2007 Fellow of The Broad Superintendents Academy, a management program designed to prepare senior executives for leadership of public schools.

 Major General (Ret.) Arthur T. Dean, became the Chairman and CEO of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) on August 31, 1998. His responsibilities as Chairman and CEO include providing strategic direction, diversifying and increasing funding, leading the board, being the primary spokesman for the organization and overseeing the operations and personnel of CADCA. Before joining CADCA, he spent 31 years in the U.S. Army. He retired on August 31, 1998. His culminating assignment was as Director of Military Personnel Management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, United States Army, 300 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Major General Thomas L. Prather, Jr., U.S. Army, '62, is a native of Gaithersburg, Maryland. He received his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree upon graduation from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1962.  Maj. Gen. Prather completed 33 years of active military service upon his retirement on 1 August 1995. His culminating assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Engineering, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Alexandria, VA from August 1992 - May 1995. From 1995-2008, General Prather was employed by defense contractors supporting the military services in an array of logistical areas and is active supporting community and civic organizations.

 

Distinguished Alumni 

 

Earl Gilbert Graves, Sr. is an American entrepreneur, publisher, businessmen, and philanthropist. A graduate of Morgan State University, he is the founder of Black Enterprise magazine and chairman of the media company Earl G. Graves, Ltd. He is the current director for Aetna and Executive Board member of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Graves is a ROTC graduate, attended Airborne and Ranger School and finished his Army Career as a member to the 19th Special Forces Group.

Maj. (Ret.) Turhan E. Robinson, '67, was appointed as the civilian Adie to the Secretary of the Army; Mr. Robinson advises and supports Army leaders across the country. He has used this non-compensated position "to support the soldier and seek employment for soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and ease their transition from military service". Bosnia and Estonia benefited from his expertise when he was named to the Governor's Partners for Peace Delegation to assist the business and legal communities and when he served on a committee to revise court procedures in Bosnia-Herzegovina to prosecute the more than 13,000 war criminals from the civil war. He makes his living as a senior assistant attorney general in Maryland's Department of Human Resources.

Kenneth Don Mosely, P.E.D., '71, received his B.S. in physical education and was recognized as a distinguished military student. He began his career as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, which gave him additional leadership, organizational and human relations skills. He became the first African American to earn a doctorate in physical education with an emphasis in adapted physical education. P.E.D. in hand, Dr. Mosely began work at South Carolina State University in 1976. He retired in 2005 as a full professor and chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education. During his tenure at SCSU, Dr. Mosely served 11 years as project director of the National Youth Sports Program and the USDA Summer Feeding Program and worked with many other community service organizations as a volunteer.

Wilbert B. Forbes Sr., '62, was appointment as Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs in 2007. He previously served as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Department of Maryland Commander, which represents the concerns of over 20,000 members throughout the state of Maryland. As Commander, Mr. Forbes goals are to increase membership, and bolster the organization's impact on state and national legislation concerning benefits for Veterans and their families. He is a resident of Fort Washington, Maryland in Prince George's County. Forbes earned his B.A from Morgan State University.

Colonel (Ret.) James Stanley White, '54, has experienced a successful leadership career, which includes executive positions in business, government, higher education, and the military. As a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Col. White served 23 years as a commissioned officer, retiring in 1977. Upon retiring from the United States Army, Col. served 14 years in various appointed executive positions in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania municipal government. After serving only 19 months as Commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Mayor W. Wilson Goode, Morgan class of '61, selected him to be the City managing director, the highest appointed position in Philadelphia government.  In the business arena, Col. White was vice president of Provident National Bank of Philadelphia.