Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett, left, Morgan State University President David Wilson and University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett. — Morgan State University

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announces it has entered into a collaboration with Morgan State University’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management focused on faculty and student academic programs.

This is the first collaboration of its kind between the Wharton School and a historically Black college and university (HBCU).

“We are proud to collaborate with the Graves School at Morgan State University, one of the country’s leading HBCUs,” said Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett. “Wharton and Graves share a vision for true collaboration and sharing of expertise on both our home campuses as well as globally.”

The collaboration represents a key element in the missions of both schools in building academic excellence through diversity while addressing challenges in communities at home and around the world.

“I’m excited at the potential for this relationship to create numerous curricular and research learning opportunities for Wharton faculty, students and our entire community,” Garrett said.

Areas that will be explored include shared opportunities for faculty and students in conferences, curricular development and research.

“Morgan’s continued growth is strengthened by successful collaborations and having opportunities to enter into mutually beneficial agreements like what we have been able to establish between the Wharton School and our Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management,” said Morgan State University President David Wilson.

Housed within the $79-million state-of-the-art Morgan Business Center, The Graves School, named in honor of Morgan State alumnus Earl Gilbert Graves Sr., an entrepreneur and publisher who founded Black Enterprise magazine, offers high-quality accredited undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs that prepare a diverse student population to succeed as business professionals and to become engaged citizens.

Founded in 1937 and later formed into a School in 1975, The Graves School graduates the most African-American business students in the state of Maryland.

“This unique collaboration between an Ivy League institution and a historically Black college and/or university will serve as a blueprint, creating innovative educational opportunities for students and faculty, spurring academic research,” Wilson said. “We look forward to growing this relationship and seeing it remain fruitful in the years to come.”

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