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State Board Member Honored with WVSU Presidential Award

May 17, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Board of Education member Paul J. Morris was recognized for his continuous contribution to education by West Virginia State University. Mr. Morris, who has served on the State Board since 1979, received the President Hazo W. Carter, Jr. Presidential Award for Education, during graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 16.  

The Hazo W. Carter Jr. Presidential Award is presented to individuals who have shown dedication in the fields of alumni affairs, business, community service and education.  

Mr. Morris was appointed to the State Board in May 1979 by then-Governor John D. Rockefeller, IV. Known as the ďDean of the State Board,Ē he has served as the Boardís president for two terms, vice president for three terms and secretary for one term.  

West Virginiaís education system has remained a priority with Mr. Morris. He has been a part of an education revolution in West Virginia by playing an integral part of the now-closed Tomblin v. Gainer case, with judgment favorable to the West Virginia Board of Education, and helped shape public school curriculum with the new Content Standards and Objectives and the new statewide assessment, the WESTEST.  

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 bachelorís degree in engineering. He went on to earn a masterís degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University.  

Mr. Morris is retired from the Rhone-Poulenc Institute Plant, where he worked as the plantís 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.

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