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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