Dr. Douglass

DR. MELVIN DOUGLASS

KEY PANEL SPEAKER

Dr. Melvin Douglass is the President of Barber-Scotia College. He has more than 25 years of combined senior level administrative experience in academia, research, policy, advocacy, government service, and nonprofit sector. 

A native of Harlem, New York, he has earned his degrees from Vincennes University, Tuskegee University, Morgan State University , New York University, Columbia University and Harvard University. Dr. Douglass did post-doctoral studies at Clare College, Cambridge University, England, and the Goethe-Institute, Germany. He was also selected as a Japan Fulbright Memorial Scholar.

Dr. Douglass is an ordained Baptist minister, who strongly embraces the Black Churches’ long tradition of liberation theology and racial reconciliation that was notably embodied in the movement led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is frequently called upon to address civic, ecumenical, educational, fraternal and professional organizations. His appointment becomes effective immediately.