Richard L. Morrill, Ph.D.
Richard L. Morrill, Ph.D., will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree
during Randolph-Macon College’s Commencement on Saturday, May 28, 2011. Morrill
is the president of the Teagle Foundation, which serves as a national voice in higher
education policy and a catalyst for change to improve undergraduate student learning
in the arts and sciences.
Morrill has a long and distinguished career in higher education. He was president
of the University of Richmond from 1988 to 1998 and continues to serve in the honorary
position of chancellor. He also served as president of Centre College from 1982
to 1988 and as president of Salem College from 1979 to 1982. He was chief of staff
to the provost of Pennsylvania State University from 1977 to 1979, and held a variety
of faculty and administrative positions at Chatham College from 1968-1977, including
assistant to the president, associate provost and associate professor of religious
Morrill currently is president of the board of the Richmond Symphony Foundation,
a director of the Library of Virginia Foundation, chairman of the Tredegar Corporation,
and a director of the Albemarle Corporation and of the Williamsburg Investment Trust.
Previously, he was chair of the board of trustees of Christian Children's Fund,
a member of the executive committee of ChildFund International, and served on the
executive committee of the board and as Treasurer of the Association of American
Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). He also served as a director of the National
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), president of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), chairman of the College Commission of
SACS, and as a member of two commissions of the American Council on Education (ACE).
A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Morrill earned his A.B. in history in 1961 from
Brown University, graduating magna cum laude, his B.D. in religious thought in 1964
from Yale University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and the recipient of
the Tew Prize for excellence in studies, and his Ph.D. in religion from Duke University
where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. As an undergraduate he studied in Paris, France,
principally at the Institute of Political Studies under the auspices of Sweet Briar
College. He attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard in 1974
and has received honorary degrees from four institutions, including the École des
Haute Études Internationales in Paris, France. He is also a member of the Order
of Academic Palms and the Order of National Merit of the French Republic. The Commission
on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools awarded him its
Distinguished Leadership Award in 2008.
Morrill has written and spoken widely on issues of values and ethics in liberal
education and has published several articles and made numerous presentations on
strategic planning and leadership for colleges and universities. He is the author
of Teaching Values in College: Facilitating Ethical, Moral and Value Awareness in
Students (Jossey-Bass, 1980), Strategic Leadership in Academic Affairs: Clarifying
the Board's Responsibilities (AGB, 2002), and Strategic Leadership: Integrating
Strategy and Leadership in Colleges and Universities (ACE/Praeger, 2007).
Morrill is married to Martha Leahy Morrill and they have two daughters, three grandsons
and two granddaughters.
Randolph-Macon College Commencement will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May
28, 2011 at the R-MC 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 a.m.) Click on
2011 Commencement for more information on this year’s events and activities.
For media inquiries or more information about R-MC’s 2011 Commencement activities,
please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at (804) 752-7317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.