Dr. Anne Watts
ANNE WIMBUSH WATTS, Ph.D.
Educator, orator, writer, consultant, program director, and community leader, Dr. Anne Wimbush Watts has worn many hats for a number of decades. In her distinguished career at Morehouse College, Dr. Watts served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice Provost, Class Dean, Professor of English, Director of the Morehouse Summer School and the Summer Academy. She also trained hundreds of students to write and speak well, and helped to produce three Rhodes Scholars at the institution.
Dr. Watts earned a B.S. degree in English “with highest honors” at Grambling University, a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s degree in French Language and Literature at Atlanta University, the Ph.D. degree in English Language and Literature at Georgia State University, and engaged in further study at Harvard University. She also served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Spelman College and Honors Lecturer at Talladega College.
Founder of the Kappa Omega Finishing School for Teenage Girls, Dr. Watts has also served as consultant for the National Political Action Forum, The Atlanta Job Corp, the CIAA IMAGE Program, and the famed television program, A Different World, for which she also provided an episode story line.
In 2010, the City of Atlanta bestowed upon Dr. Watts the coveted Phoenix Award, the highest award given to any citizen “for outstanding contributions to the citizens of Atlanta.” She received the Diamond Award for Excellence in Education in 2012. Other honors and memberships include Leadership Atlanta, Class of 1997, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Phi Beta Kappa, hon.; inductee into the Grambling State University Hall of Fame, and named Outstanding Morehouse College Faculty Member of the Year for two consecutive years.
Dr. Watts is currently Interim Dean of the Metropolitan College and Visiting Professor at Johnson C. Smith University.