Register for From Protest to President: A Conversation with George A. Pruitt, Jan. 19

December 21, 2022

The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is hosting a conversation with George A. Pruitt, author of From Protest to President, on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The new book describes Pruitt’s inspirational odyssey from a young, Black activist coming of age in Mississippi and Chicago in the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s, to his 35-year-long presidency at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey.  

This event is now a virtual-only event available by Zoom. To register, visit

Individuals will be provided with the Zoom link in advance of the event. They will also be provided with a link to purchase the book online.

George A. Pruitt is president emeritus and board distinguished fellow at Thomas Edison State University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and commendations, and has consulted widely in higher education, business, and government. His stewardship and service led to his appointment in an advisory capacity to five secretaries of education under three U.S. presidents of both political parties.

From barbershop encounters with Malcolm X to death threats at Illinois State University and gunfire at Towson State, Pruitt provides a powerful narrative poised at the intersection of social justice, higher education, and politics. He recounts his experience at historically Black colleges & universities and public universities across the United States as he advocated for autonomy at Morgan State and fought to preserve Tennessee State University.

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