Dr. Barbara Jean Morris Appointed as SUNY Oneonta's Next President

Dr. Barbara Jean Morris

The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Barbara Jean Morris as president of SUNY Oneonta, effective on or about July 1, 2018.

“Dr. Morris is a dedicated higher education professional who constantly strives to ensure that colleges and universities foster learning communities based on shared governance and respect, and that students’ needs are put at the forefront of every college’s mission,” said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We look forward to Dr. Morris bringing that passion and vision to SUNY Oneonta as its newest president, and we welcome her to SUNY.”

“Over her career, Dr. Morris has focused on nurturing a collaborative learning environment, one which supports faculty and student development, academic excellence and community involvement,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “It is that focus that aligns with SUNY Oneonta’s core values of excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship. My congratulations to the SUNY Oneonta family.”

“Chancellor Johnson and the Board of Trustees have made a wise choice in selecting Dr. Barbara Morris to be SUNY Oneonta’s next president,” said SUNY Oneonta College Council Chairman Patrick Brown. “I am sure that Dr. Morris will provide fresh leadership and an authentic voice as the college confronts the challenges ahead. The members of the College Council look forward to assisting Dr. Morris in her new role.”

Dr. Morris served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colo., since 2011. In this role, she reported to the president and served as chief academic officer of the rural regional public arts college and was responsible for all academic matters including oversight of educational policy and programs of instruction; the development and assessment of academic programs; and faculty recruitment and development. She also had broad oversight of internal operations, including strategic planning, data-driven modeling, budgeting, fundraising, and state and legislative policy.

Prior to joining Fort Lewis College, Dr. Morris worked for 16 years at the University of Redlands in southern California. She held many leadership roles, leaving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Morris also served the Colorado Commission of Higher Education (CCHE) as the elected representative from the Academic Council. She served on the Colorado State Remedial Education Task Force, the Supplemental Academic Instruction Sub-committee, the General Education Council, the Prior Learning Assessment Committee and the P-20 Alignment committee.

Dr. Morris received her bachelor of arts in political science from San Diego State University, and a master of arts and a doctorate in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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