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Remembering Dr. O. Jerome Green

The Arkansas Black Philanthropy Collaborative is saddened by the passing of Dr. O. Jerome Green, president of Shorter College in North Little Rock. Dr. Green left an extraordinary impact on two pillars of the African American community: HBCUs and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Read more about his legacy in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and see below for his professional bio.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and all who knew and loved him.


Dr. O. Jerome Green was an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a licensed attorney with over 40 years of professional experience. He was the 45th President of Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and pastor of Connor Chapel AME Churches in Little Rock.

Since becoming president in 2012, Dr. Green led Shorter College to receive full re-accreditation by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and re-certification by the State of Arkansas Board of Higher Education. Enrollment at Shorter College increased from two students in 2012 to its current enrollment of more than 600 students. In 2015, Dr. Green was named among Arkansas Life Magazine’s list of Arkansans of the Year for innovation in education. Under his leadership, Shorter College beautified its campus, brought back intercollegiate sports, and begun construction on the first of three dormitories to house non-commuter students.

A native of Pell City, Alabama, Dr. Green received his bachelor's degree from Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama, his master's degree from The Ohio State University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He attended Jackson Theological Seminary in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and did further study at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

Dr. Green was a former member of the Arkansas Ethics Commission and the Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission. At the time of his passing, he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Quapaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities. Dr. Green leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Linda Haynie Green, M.D. – a retired internal medicine physician – and their three children.



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