Former college president reflects on her year under house arrest

April 27, 2011

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(Photo courtesy of Dolores Cross)
Dr. Dolores Cross was prosecuted for alllegedly embezzling federal student aid while president of Morris Brown College.

Dolores Cross didn’t leave education because of a changing of the guard. And she certainly didn’t do it by choice. The first female president of Chicago State University went to Morris Brown College because she believed she could help. She expected to contribute to the struggling historic black college. Instead she was prosecuted for fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in federal student aid. Now Dr. Cross is telling her story in Beyond the Wall: A Memoir.

In the first of a two-part conversation with WBEZ’s Richard Steele, Cross began by explaining what drew her to Morris Brown in the first place.

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