Morris was presented with the National Association of State Board of Education (NASBE) Distinguished Service Award during the NASBE Conference taking place in Orlando, Florida October 21 – 23, 2004. Board members are attending the conference and awards presentation in support of Morris, the longest serving member of the Board.
NASBE presents this annual award to three current or recently retired members of state boards representing three different NASBE geographic regions.
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.
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.
In addition to the award presentation, Board members will participate in professional development seminars including a symposium on health issues.