The Honorable Dr. Thomas R. Morris
Virginia Secretary of Education
Randolph-Macon College president Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that
the 2009 commencement speaker will be The Honorable Dr. Thomas R. Morris, Virginia
Secretary of Education.
Secretary Morris, appointed to his current position by Governor Tim Kaine, is a
distinguished Constitutional scholar and political scientist. He was a celebrated
faculty member at the University of Richmond for 21 years and served as President
of Emory & Henry College, in Southwest Virginia, for more than 13 years before
his appointment as Secretary.
“Secretary Morris has dedicated his life to education,” said Lindgren. “He has shown
tremendous leadership of education in our state and nation and has been honored
for excellence in the classroom. We are thrilled to have Secretary Morris speak
to our graduates on this momentous day of celebration.”
Highly regarded as an expert on Virginia Government and politics, Secretary Morris
is well known as a political analyst for television, radio, and print media for
more than 25 years. He is also the author or co-author of four books, including
Virginia Government and Politics: Readings and Comments, Fourth Revised Edition
(Univ. of Virginia Weldon Cooper, 1998) which was co-edited by fellow political
expert Larry Sabato.
Born in Galax, Virginia, Dr. Morris was also educated in the Commonwealth. He earned
a bachelor’s degree in government at Virginia Military Institute and a master’s
and doctoral degree in government at the University of Virginia. He also studied
at Princeton University, received fellowships for additional advanced study including
a year as a Liberal Arts Fellow at the Harvard Law School and a served a year as
a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Randolph-Macon College Commencement will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May
30, 2009 on the R-MC campus at the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza on Henry Street.
(In the event of rain, commencement will be held in the Randolph-Macon Brock Recreation
Center, located at 400 N. Center Street, at 10:00 a.m.).