Westminster Announces New President and Board of Trustees Members

Jun 18, 2015

June 18, 2015 Steve Morgan to be inaugurated as Westminster's 18th president SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College is pleased to announce its Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Stephen R. Morgan as Westminster College's 18th president. President Morgan has been serving as acting president since February when Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich announced his retirement from Westminster. A formal inauguration will take place in September. President Morgan has devoted more than 30 years to Westminster in various administrative roles, most recently as the vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement. During his tenure, he led the growth of the college's endowment to more than $70 million and directed fundraising for major construction projects, including the Giovale Library, renovations to the Gore School of Business and the Shaw Center, and the construction of the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory, the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, & Athletic Center and the Meldrum Science Center. Morgan received his BA in accounting from the University of Utah and is a certified public accountant (CPA). His wife and their three children are all Westminster graduates. Morgan has served on the executive cabinet of six presidents at Westminster College. "The Board has complete confidence in President Morgan's ability to lead the Westminster community of learners well into the future, as all of us collaborate together to develop important initiatives and reach toward our strategic objectives," said Tom Ellison, former chair of Westminster's Board of Trustees. Westminster thanks Tom Ellison for serving as chair of the Board of Trustees and Bill Orchow for serving as vice chair. At the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, Westminster elected Jeanne Ambruster as the new board chair and Preston Chiaro as new vice chair. The college also voted in five new board members: Scott Beck, Andrea Manship, Muffy Mead-Ferro, Doug Morton and William Trojan. The Board of Trustees is comprised of a group of well-respected, dedicated and dynamic community leaders. Board members are volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to promote the continued success of the college. The Board is entrusted with the fiduciary responsibility for the college, for helping the president and the senior leadership develop, clarify, and fulfill the mission and vision of Westminster. The Board played an important role in the recent strategic planning process and provides leadership, accountability, and support to the college. More information about the Board of Trustees is available at www.westminstercollege.edu/trustees. Scott Beck Scott Beck received his MBA from Westminster in 1995, and is currently the CEO of CHG Healthcare Services. . Beck has been very involved with the college since graduation, including serving as chair of the Business Advisory Council, speaking at the MBA power lunch lecture series, and serving as a judge for Opportunity Quest. He has supported Westminster's Center for Innovative Cultures, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the President's Innovation Network, and established scholarships for students interested in entrepreneurship. Andrea Manship Andrea Dumke-Manship graduated from Westminster College summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in behavioral science in 1983. Her husband, Michael Manship, is an alumnus of the college. The Manships have been loyal donors and alumni to the college for many years. Manship is a trustee for both The Dr. Ezekiel & Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation and The Katherine W. & Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. Foundation. She is the daughter of Zeke Dumke, Jr. and the late Kay Dumke. Several Dumke family members have graduated from Westminster, and Andrea's brother, Zeke Dumke III, served on Westminster's Board of Trustees for several years. Muffy Mead-Ferro Muffy Mead-Ferro is an advertising copywriter and recently retired creative director at Cardon-Ferro Design in Salt Lake City. She has authored several books, including "Confessions of a Slacker Wife" and "Confessions of a Slacker Mom." Mead-Ferro grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to a fourth-generation cattle-ranching family and attended Colorado College. Doug Morton John "Doug" Morton received a bachelor's degree in business and economics from Westminster in 1973.He retired from Gart Brothers Sports as CEO in 2009 and was Chairman of the Board for Sports Authority. Morton served on Westminster's Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2001. In 2002, Morton received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Westminster College for his outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions. William Trojan William "Bill" Trojan graduated from Westminster College in 1975 with a degree in geology. His professional career was spent in the international and domestic energy arena, where he eventually specialized in global deep water oil exploration. After a career working in some of the largest multinational corporations in the world, Bill has retired. He and his wife split their time between homes in Houston, Taos and Park City.

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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.

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