The social, racial and political turmoil that erupted across the country in the late 1960’s sparked upheaval and change at Tri-C throughout the next decade. Lingering resentment from racially charged riots in several Cleveland neighborhoods resulted in a growing chorus of demands from the large African-American student population for greater inclusiveness, engagement and attention to their culture and heritage in course offerings.
The students’ strident voices were heard by the College’s second president, the vibrant and youthful Dr. Nolen M. Ellison. He was hired in 1974 to guide the transformation of Tri-C from a fledgling college into a highly structured, disciplined and respected institution which then spanned three campuses and served more than 18,000 students.
Dr. Ellison strengthened the organizational foundation necessary to support continued growth of the College and he enabled new initiatives that would define Tri-C and its place on the local, regional and national stage.