Morgan president David J. Wilson

Morgan State University president David J. Wilson attends a rally held by students and faculty to support him. (Lloyd Fox, The Baltimore Sun / December 13, 2012)

The Morgan State University Board of Regents on Tuesday extended President David Wilson's contract indefinitely.

The new contract begins July 1, when his current one expires, and has no end date — rather, Wilson will serve "at the pleasure of the Board."

"Morgan is a very special institution, which I have enjoyed leading now for four wonderful years," Wilson said in a statement. "Granted, we have a lot to do but our trajectory is upward."

In the statement, Board Chairman Kweisi Mfume acknowledged the challenges facing higher education and particularly Historically Black Colleges and Universities. But he called Wilson "a leading national voice" and said he is "guiding Morgan admirably through these times."

The board voted 8-7 to oust Wilson from his job in December 2012 before changing course amid an outcry by faculty members, students and other campus stakeholders. The vote to remove Wilson came as the university grappled with two shootings on campus within three months, a student who had been accused of cannibalism, and a professor's indictment on charges that he obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants fraudulently.

Dallas R. Evans, the Morgan Board of Regents chair who helped lead the vote to remove Wilson, was voted out as board chair a couple of months later.

Last spring, the board offered Wilson a one-year contract that expires in June. In January, Wilson told the board he had been a finalist for a job as head of the public college system in Wisconsin but withdrew his name from consideration, saying his "heart and soul is right here at Morgan."

Wilson was named Morgan's 12th president in 2009.

Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this story.

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