Dr. Charles Kirkpatrick
Charles Kirkpatrick is the world’s leading expert on the life of Samuel Morris. Charles was born and raised in Burundi, Africa. He speaks fluent English, French, and several African dialects.
In 1985, he earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Radio broadcasting is Charles’s specialty. Following his graduation in 1961 from Asbury College, Kentucky he and his wife spent 14 years in Bujumbura, Burundi where he served as Station Director for the Central Africa Broadcasting Company. Returning to the U.S. in 1977, Charles was offered a professorship at Taylor University (TU), where he taught radio, television, and communication studies until he retired in 2002.
For years, Charles has been passionate about the story of Samuel Morris. In 1989, he and a videographer from TU traveled to Liberia to research Morris’s roots, and published a compelling documentary film. Since 2006, Charles has represented TU in the joint TU-SCAA mission to “take the story of Samuel Morris back to his homeland."