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Dr. M.O. Morgan

President and Vice-Chancellor (Pro tem) 1966-1967
President and Vice-Chancellor 1973

Our present President and Vice-Chancellor, Mr. M.O. Morgan, is the first alumnus to hold that position. He attended Memorial University College from 1933 to 1935, and was the winner of the coveted Senior Jubilee Scholarship in his final year.

The son of a school teacher, President Morgan spent his childhood in outports such as Harbour Deep, Garnish, Pool's Island and Salvage. He received his early education at these places and then went on to Bishop Field College where he completed his Grade XI.

Having finished the two-year Arts programme at Memorial University College, he earned his B.A. at Dalhousie in 1939. In 1938, he was named Newfoundland's Rhodes Scholar but he was unable to accept the scholarship until after World War II. During the war, he served in Europe with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders.

On his return from overseas, Mr. Morgan returned to Dalhousie to complete his M.A. degree and then went on to Oxford as Rhodes Scholar. He was awarded an Honours B.A. in Political Science and Economics at Oxford in 1948, and the M.A. in 1951.

Mr. Morgan joined the Faculty of Memorial University as a teacher of Economics and Political Science in 1950, following two years on the Faculty at Dalhousie University. He was appointed Professor and Head of Political Science in 1955. In 1958, he was appointed Dean of Arts and Science.

Upon the retirement of Dr. Raymond Gushue as President and Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Morgan was named to that senior post on a pro tem basis. During the presidency of the Lord Taylor of Harlow, he served as Vice-President (Academic) and pro Vice-Chancellor. He was appointed President and Vice-Chancellor on October 12th., 1973.

Mr. Morgan's outstanding contribution to higher education was recognized nationally in 1973 when he was appointed Companion to the Order of Canada. He also holds three honorary doctorates: the LL.D from the University of New Brunswick and Mount Allison University, and the D.C.L. from King's College, Halifax.

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