Dr. Stanley E. Rutland became President of the College in 1969.Under his leadership, the physical plant of the College continued to improve. Among the changes were the addition of a new gymnasium, the renovation of historic Johnson Hall and the development of the Ethnic Cultural Center. The most significant development under Dr. Rutland was the full accreditation of the College with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for the first time in 1972.
In 1990, under the leadership of Dr. Warren W. Morgan (whose Presidency began in 1984), the College relocated to Dallas, Texas. The first semester in its new home began in September with an enrollment of 1,020 students. Several innovative programs were soon implemented, including a cooperative agreement with Dallas County Community College District designed to facilitate easier transition from all seven of the DCCCD 2-year institutions to PQC.
In 1992, Dr. Lee E. Monroe assumed presidency of the College. He worked to strengthen the academic programs, while increasing fiscal responsibility. Under his administration, the College eliminated a 4.2 million dollar deficit.
From 2001-2006, the College was led by Dr. Dwight Fennell, Dr. Oswell Person and Dr. John K. Waddell. In 2006, while under the presidency of Dr. John K. Waddell, Board member Peggy Sterling and American Airlines secured the services of renowned management-consulting firm the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to analyze the operations and performance of the College. BCG’s stellar work ultimately provided the Institution with a blueprint that eventually became the College’s Strategic Plan from 2007-2012.
In September of 2007, former Board member Michael J. Sorrell, Esq., assumed the position of president (after serving as the interim president since March 2007). Thus far in his brief tenure, the school has made significant progress towards achieving his stated goal of transforming Paul Quinn into one of America’s great small colleges. Since his arrival the College has instituted a business casual dress code, raised all academic standards, embarked on an ambitious revitalization of the campus which has included spending over $2 million in capital improvements, reduced institutional debt by 40%, and eliminated all previous audit findings. His next set of plans for the college call for an increased commitment to recruitment and retention.