President Stephen R. Morgan to Retire After 37 Years at Westminster College
September 8, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY—After serving nearly 37 years at Westminster, President Stephen R. Morgan announced today that he will retire at the end of the academic year, June 2018. The college’s board of trustees will begin a national search for Morgan’s replacement, whom they expect will be in place by the summer of 2018.
“After nearly four decades at Westminster, President Morgan’s versatile leadership, experience and positive outlook will be greatly missed throughout the entire campus community,” said Jeanne Ambruster, chair of Westminster’s Board of Trustees. “During his tenure, he has found ways to bring out the best of everything that Westminster has to offer. We are very appreciative of his longtime commitment to the college and wish him the best in his retirement years.”
President Morgan came to Westminster as an auditor and quickly became part of the college’s fabric—serving as treasurer, executive vice president and vice president for institutional advancement. Morgan’s versatile leadership style made him a key asset to the college’s executive team. He advised six past presidents on almost every major campus decision since 1981. He has been instrumental in shaping Westminster into the institution it is today.
“It has been a special honor to have served the better half of my life at Westminster,” Morgan said. “I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as president of this great institution. Working together as a community, we have made Westminster a better place of higher learning and a place where all students can find their passion and lead meaningful lives. Westminster and its community will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Morgan, age 63, became Westminster College’s 18th president in 2015. During his presidency, the college hired its first chief diversity officer, advanced into the final provisional year of NCAA Division II and created a new Honors College. Prior to his role as president, Morgan led the growth of the college’s endowment to more than $75 million and directed fundraising for major construction projects, including the Giovale Library, the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, the Manford A. Shaw Student Center, Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory, the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center and the Meldrum Science Center. Morgan received his bachelor of arts in accounting from the University of Utah and is a certified public accountant (CPA). Steve’s wife and their three children are all Westminster graduates.
Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.