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.”