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The college president who studied by candlelight when he was a youth

I haven’t had a chance to meet the incoming president at Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Mich., but he certainly has a backstory that perhaps some of my readers can relate to.

He wasn’t born to privilege and wealth. But he considered education to be his way out of poverty.

Here’s a snippet from the piece my co-worker Ray Kisonas wrote for The Monroe Evening News:

Dr. Kojo Quartey was poor. So when the utilities eventually were turned off, he studied by candlelight. Until the rats began moving upstairs. That’s when he de­cided to shift his studies to the library.

“The rats came up and wanted to party,” Dr. Quartey recalled. “They were bigger than my head.”

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