Michael Sorrell

Innovative Educator and CCBA Leadership Award Winner Michael Sorrell Has a Simple Request: ‘Please Say Yes’

by | Dec 9, 2022
Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell has a vision for a global network of Urban Work Colleges that take aim at intergenerational poverty and "smash it." The first one opened in Plano in 2018.

Accepting a leadership award from the Collin County Business Alliance, Sorrell asked his staff and students to stand up. Why? Because "they're going to come see you and talk to you about hiring students to work at your companies," Sorrell told the audience filled with local business leaders. "And I want everyone to practice this with me: 'Yes.'
Chase Opens Its First Texas Community Center Branch in Oak Cliff
by | Mar 25, 2021
“Dallas is a city that booms north of I-30. Unfortunately, if you live south of I-30 all too often you only hear rumors of that boom,” Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, said during Thursday's opening. “JPMorgan Chase is actively being a bridge builder. It is a repairer of the breach.”

The community branch plans to help Black and Latinx consumers open bank accounts and start businesses as part of Chase's $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity and provide economic opportunities to underserved communities.
Capital One’s $200M Impact Initiative Partners With Two Local Orgs to Advance Socioeconomic Mobility
by | Oct 7, 2020
Capital One is teaming with Impact Ventures and Paul Quinn College as part of its new nationwide initiative to close support growth in underserved communities and advance socioeconomic mobility.

Justice as Inspiration: Innovation Brings Paul Quinn College Back from the Brink

by | Apr 1, 2019
College president Michael Sorrell says justice is about ending generational poverty and offering opportunity to every student. Here's how a changing educational trajectory is growing enrollment and pushing more students toward graduation.
Startup Week Returns to Downtown Dallas in Early April
by | Mar 7, 2019
Roughly 10,000 are expected to attend the free, five-day event dedicated to connecting startups, founders, corporate and social innovators, investors, and community leaders.
Paul Quinn’s Plano Expansion Gets First Major Investment, $1M From Strada Education Network
by | Oct 24, 2018
Over the next two years, Strada's grant will go toward funding the new Plano campus — the first expansion site of the Paul Quinn Urban Work College Model.
Paul Quinn College, iDesign Partner on Online Curriculum
by | May 30, 2018
Paul Quinn said the partnership will improve access and affordability for its students, 90 percent of whom are eligible for Pell Grants.

The Altruists: North Texans Are Making Social Innovation Their Mission

by | Jan 26, 2018
From national nonprofits launched out of homes to game-changing ideas that have cultivated millions of dollars for the nonprofit sector, the region is a launch pad for numerous movers and shakers who are making a significant communal impact.
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Paul Quinn Earns U.S. Work College Designation
by | Mar 23, 2017
President Michael Sorrell says he wants to share the Paul Quinn model with other colleges, and create campuses in other cities.
Michael Sorrell and Tynesia Boyea-Robinson
Paul Quinn College Gets $1.1M for Development, Revitalization
by | Nov 1, 2016
President Michael Sorrell accepted the investment from the Dallas Impact Investing Collaborative (DIIC) during a reception for the bigBANG! conference.
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Paul Quinn President Gains National Reputation
by | Sep 2, 2016
Michael Sorrell has been credited with reviving a near-dead Paul Quinn College, and inspiring its students.