Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, a 25-year member of the Tuskegee University staff, has been appointed interim president of the historic Alabama school. According to a press release issued by the 128-year-old institution, Morris will be the first female to serve at the helm of Tuskegee University. Morris’ appointment comes after an enthusiastic vote of the school’s board of regents. She will serve as Tuskegee’s president until a permanent leader is named.

“I am delighted to be asked to play a more significant role in the legacy of this historic institution,” Morris said in a statement. “I will inherit a great team, and I am confident that we will keep the institution intact for the new president.”

Morris has worked with school President Benjamin F. Payton as executive associate to the president and secretary to the board of trustees. She has also been named associate dean and professor of management in the College of Business and Information Science and will resume these duties when the permanent president is installed.

Morris holds a doctorate in education and business management from Kansas State University and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.