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Morgan Morton Accepts TBR Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy

For release:  August 16, 2012

Photo (from left to right): Larry Papasan, Chairman of the Fogelman College Board; Greg Duckett, TBR Vice Chancellor; Morgan Morton, TBR Excellence in Philanthropy Award Recipient; Dr. Rajiv Grover, Dean of Fogelman College

The Tennessee Board of Regents selected Fogelman College of Business and Economics alumnus, Morgan Morton, as the recipient of the TBR Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.

Each year, this award is presented to an individual who positively impacts a TBR institution by providing exemplary leadership and financial support.Morton accepted the award from TBR Vice Chancellor, Greg Duckett, on July 30 at a FCBE board meeting.

"Mr. Morton is a tremendous supporter of the University of Memphis and its students,” Duckett said when presenting the award. “He gives generously of both his money and his time. The combination of financial support and personal guidance grants students the opportunity to succeed in both in classroom and in real-life situations.”

Since his graduation in 1963, Morgan Morton has continued to give back to his alma mater.  He founded a student travel enrichment program to stimulate international and domestic travel for undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. business students. He is also the benefactor of the Morgan Morton Family Scholarship program. Each year his scholarships are awarded to full-time undergraduate business students in need of financial support, who are residents of his hometown of Collierville, Tennessee.

“Morgan Morton is personally responsible for positively affecting the lives of hundreds of our students,” said Dr. Rajiv Grover, Dean of Fogelman College. “He has a special place in his heart for this institution and his hometown and we are very grateful for his continued patronage.  His dedication to the students, his financial generosity and unwavering support of the college truly makes him worthy of this prestigious award.”

Morton spent his career at Proctor & Gamble, Warner Lambert and Pfizer managing consumer products, over-the-counter drugs, pharmaceuticals and medical instruments. He retired in 2000 as Senior V.P. of Pfizer, Inc. Over the course of his lifetime, Morton has served on boards of the World Self-Medication Institute, the Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association of America, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association of America and as Chairman of the Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada.

Since his retirement, Morton has also actively served in advisory capacities for several not-for-profit organizations including the University of Memphis, Sea Island Habitat for Humanity and the Bess Crawford Morton White Church Museum in Collierville.

Morgan and his wife, Joanne, reside in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

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