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Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan is the the 14th president of Morehead State University.Dr-Morgan-July-3,-2017.jpg

He served most recently as the chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs and student success for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. In this role, he provided leadership for statewide academic affairs, curriculum and programming, academic strategic planning, academic legislative and policy development, admissions and enrollment requirements, diversity programming, student success/college readiness initiatives, e-learning, competency-based education, program evaluation and assessment, professional school contract placement, research and innovation, and federal and state grant administration. Additionally, he oversaw and provided linkages for state trust fund financial administration for the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (economic development), the equine trust, the cancer trust (state cancer research and lung cancer fund), the Kentucky Virtual Library, and licensing and regulatory affairs of public and private postsecondary institutions. He also served as a liaison to other governmental agencies and foundations, worked with legislative groups and initiatives, and has presented to various state-wide groups and organizations.

Dr. Morgan holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in agriculture education with a minor in management, which included significant coursework in educational administration. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from Murray State University. His prior experience includes service as a high school teacher and coach at Martin-Westview High School, an entrepreneur, a university professor obtaining the rank of professor, graduate program coordinator, special projects coordinator, leadership program coordinator, university faculty regent, associate provost, and provost and vice president of academic affairs at Murray State University before joining the Council on Postsecondary Education.

He serves as a board of trustees member of the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) overseeing the accreditation of higher educational institutions in the southern states. He is a board member of a medical university, has held seats on several foundation boards, and has served as vice chair of a public university board, vice chair of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees managing over $18 billion in financial assets, a bank board member, and has formerly served on the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board administering public school teacher licensing and educational standards. His public service includes serving four terms as an elected member of a city council, board president of a chamber of commerce, board chair of the United Way, was formerly named Citizen of the Year, is a Rotarian and has been involved with economic development through banking and other venues. He has taught, worked and traveled in more than 15 countries for academics, research and development, while being been active in both research and grant development.

Dr. Morgan is married to Amber M. Morgan, a former guidance counselor in Bourbon County, Kentucky, who holds a master’s and educational specialist degree (M.S., Ed.S.). 

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