About The President
George T. French Jr.
Since September 1, 2019, George T. French, Jr., J.D., Ph.D. has served as the fifth president of Clark Atlanta University. Prior to his unanimous election to serve at the helm of CAU, French served as president of Miles College from 2005-2019. Under his leadership, Miles College exceeded all fundraising goals in the history of the college; achieved unprecedented financial composite score and credit rating scores; increased student access to educational funding; more than tripled the size of the existing campus with key land acquisitions; and elevated the total athletics program to the best men’s program within the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Association (SIAC), as evidenced by receipt of the Commissioner’s Cup. Additionally, the Campus experienced a transformational beautification and construction program during his tenure, with the simultaneous construction of three major buildings (French Student Activities Center); (Snorton Women’s Residence Hall), and (Williams Welcome & Enrollment Services Building).
Currently serving third term: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees.
Currently serving second term: National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), serving two U.S. presidential appointees as advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education – specifically reviews and recommends all regional and national accreditors for federal accreditation recognition. Congressionally appointed.
- Chair, Council of Presidents, Atlanta University Center (AUC) (Morehouse, Spelman, Morehouse School of Medicine, Clark Atlanta University).
- Chair, Council of Presidents, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).
- Secretary of Member Presidents, and Chair of Accreditation, UNCF.
- Vice-Chair Board of Directors, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
- Co-founder, Higher Education Leader Foundation (H.E.L.F.)
A native of Louisville, Ky., Dr. French earned a Bachelor of Arts 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. He completed his final year of law school at Miles Law School, earning a Juris Doctorate. Dr. French received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Jackson State University, and has completed Harvard University professional education programs for experienced college presidents.