The Distinguished Service Award recognizes the outstanding contributions to education made by state board members from across the country. It highlights the continued dedication of men and women who serve selflessly in the education of the nation’s youth.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Morris since my appointment to the West Virginia Board of Education in 2000,” said Vice President of the West Virginia Board of Education Barbara Fish. “I have always been impressed with his vast knowledge, sensibility and impartiality regarding educational matters and issues.”
Mr. Morris has been a member of the West Virginia Board of Education since May 1979, serving longer than any current member of the Board. Known as the “Dean of the State Board,” he has served as the Board’s president for two terms, vice president for three terms and secretary for one term.
“Anyone who has ever had the honor and pleasure to work with Mr. Morris knows that he is truly deserving of this award,” said State School Superintendent David Stewart. “He has always demonstrated diplomacy and fairness on all issues that have been presented to the State Board of Education.”
Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Mr. Morris is a graduate of Garnet High School. He continued his education at Central State University in Wilberforce, Oh., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He went on to earn a master’s degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University.
Mr. Morris is retired from the Rhone-Poulenc Institute Plant, where he worked as the plant’s safety director. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Institute for Chemical Studies.
Mr. Morris lives in Dunbar with his wife Yvonne. They have three children, Paul, Michael and Linda.