In Memoriam: William J. Taggart, 1961-2017

William J. Talbert, interim president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, has died suddenly reportedly as a result of an aneurysm. He was 55 years old.

In April 2017, the board of trustees at Morehouse College in Atlanta installed William Taggart as interim president. Taggart had been serving as chief operating officer at the college since 2015. Earlier, he was president and CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Group. Prior to joining Atlanta Life Financial Group, he served as chief operating officer for the Office of Federal Student Aid.

Taggart was a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. He earned an MBA at Harvard Business School.

The college issued a statement that read, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of William J. “Bill” Taggart, a beloved colleague, father and friend. For the past two years, Bill devoted himself wholeheartedly to Morehouse College. We are eternally grateful for his loyal support, counsel and the leadership he provided to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Throughout his tenure, Bill had a positive impact on Morehouse College and the greater Atlanta business community. He leaves behind a long legacy of compassion, integrity and devotion.”


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