The State Board of Education honored Mr. Morris with the first ever Character Educator of the Year Award. Mr. Morris has been a member of the State Board since 1979 and is known as the “Dean of the State Board” for his longevity and commitment to providing the most thorough education to West Virginia students.
The Character Educator of the Year award will become an annual event, and as an additional honor to Mr. Morris, it will be known as the “Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year” award. It will be given to a selected educator who instills and promotes good character to his/her students.
“Paul Morris has been such an asset to the education system of West Virginia,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “The knowledge and expertise he lends to the State Board is truly reflective of his character and it is only fitting that he receives this award.”
Born in Charleston, W.Va., Mr. Morris graduated from Garnet High School. He continued his education at Central State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering. He went on to earn his master’s degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University.
Mr. Morris is retired from Rhone-Poulenc Institute Plant where he worked as its safety director. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Institute for Chemical Studies. He is a member of the American Legion and is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi. Mr. Morris also is a member of the Board of Trustees with First Baptist Church of Charleston.
He also is a member of several education organizations including Center for Professional Development, Governor’s Honors Academy, Governor’s Schools Advisory Council, West Virginia Commission for Professional Teaching Standards, West Virginia School Boards Association, and Board of Directors for the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission.
Mr. Morris resides in Dunbar, W.Va. with his wife Yvonne. He is a father of three children, Paul, Michael and Linda.