President Wilson addresses death of student in CBEIS

Benjamin McKnight

Morgan State University president David Wilson addressed a crowd of young men at the O’Connel Hall dormitory Wednesday evening and spoke on several topics, including the recent death of a student at the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBIES) building.

“Let me first of all say that our condolences here at Morgan go out to the family of the graduate student,” said Wilson. “We are still trying to locate family members.”

Wilson revealed that the 45-year old graduate student, whose identity is still unknown at this time, was a member of the school’s international community, coming to Morgan from Nigeria. Regarding his family, he said, “As far as we can tell, he has no family in the United States, except for a distant cousin in New York, who we’re trying to find right now.”

The student was in the Master’s degree program studying civil engineering. Questions still remain as to how he was not discovered sooner by the janitorial staff or anyone else that inhabited CBIES. Wilson offered a little clarification for those questions.

“Within the university campus you have faculty offices and that’s private space,” he said. “There’s a lot of private information in these offices like graded papers and other things, so typically our janitorial staff will not enter the private office of a faculty member if that faculty member is believed not present or unless they’re asked.”

Wilson once again reassured that this was a natural death – “an act of God,” said Wilson – and that no foul play was involved.