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

Dr. Morgan has served as president of Morehead State University since July 1, 2017. His focus at MSU has been on student success, performance outcomes, academic excellence, as well as university rankings and responsiveness to the region. 

Prior to service at MSU, Dr. Morgan served as the state-wide chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs and student success for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in Frankfort, KY. Before state-wide service at the Council, Dr. Morgan served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Murray State University, as well as associate provost, university faculty regent, leadership program director, special projects coordinator, graduate program coordinator, and professor/teacher educator. He also has early career service as an entrepreneur, as well as being a high school teacher and coach. 

Dr. Morgan holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in agriculture education with a minor in management, and significant coursework in educational administration. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from Murray State University. 

He currently 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. Dr. Morgan formerly served as a board member of a medical university, several foundation boards, 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, and the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board administering public school teacher licensing and educational standards. Additionally, his former 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, banking and other regional initiatives. He has taught, worked and traveled in more than 15 countries for academics, business, research, and development.

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

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