May 1, 2012 In News
JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Richard Morrison as school administrator to the State Board of Education. Pending Senate confirmation, Morrison’s term is effective June 1. He assumes the term of retiring member Sue Matheson.
The State Board of Education oversees policy for the Department of Education, and board members appoint the state superintendent of education.
“I am pleased that Mr. Morrison has accepted this appointment,” Gov. Bryant said. “He has excelled as both a classroom teacher and as an administrator, and I am confident that he will help forge a bright future for Mississippi’s students.”
Morrison began his career as a math teacher and coach at Forest Hill High School and Quitman High School. He has served as an administrator in Rankin County for 16 years and was recently named assistant superintendent. Morrison previously served as the principal of Northwest Rankin High School.
“It is an honor to serve as the administrative representative to the State Board of Education,” Morrison said. “As an educator of twenty four years, I understand the tremendous task at hand for the future of students in Mississippi. I look forward to serving my educational constituents by helping to establish a valid and effective school policy and curriculum. We are charged with educating tomorrow’s leaders, and I look forward to this responsibility with excitement and anticipation.”
Morrison has earned recognition for his dedication as a school administrator. He has been named Rankin County Administrator of the Year and in 2011 was named Mississippi Principal of the Year. Morrison has also been recognized as the Administrator of the Year for Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District, Mississippi Administrator of the Year in 2011 and Mississippi Thespian Principal of the Year in 2010.
He has been a member of both the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals, and he serves on the Millsaps College Principal Institute Board. Morrison is also active with Relay for Life and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Morrison is a graduate of Forest Hill High School and Delta State University. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Mississippi College.
He and his wife, the former Robin Barton, have two children.