Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan is the Chief Academic Officer and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, an agency attached to the Office of the Governor that coordinates higher education within the Commonwealth for two research universities, 6 regional universities, and 16 community colleges. He provides leadership for statewide academic affairs, curriculum and programming, academic strategic planning, academic legislative and policy development, admissions and enrollment requirements, diversity programming, student success/college readiness initiatives, e-learning, competency-based education, program evaluation and assessment, professional school contract placement, research and innovation, and federal and state grant administration. Additionally, he oversees and provides linkages for state trust fund financial administration for the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (economic development), the equine trust, the cancer trust (state cancer research and lung cancer fund), the Kentucky Virtual Library, and licensing and regulatory affairs of public and private postsecondary institutions. He also serves as a liaison to other governmental agencies and foundations, works with legislative groups and initiatives, and is a regular presenter to various state-wide groups and organizations.
Dr. Morgan holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in agriculture education with a minor in management, and also has significant coursework in educational administration. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from Murray State University. His prior experience includes service as a high school teacher and coach at Martin-Westview High School, an entrepreneur, a university professor obtaining the rank of professor, Graduate Program Coordinator, special projects coordinator, leadership program coordinator, University Faculty Regent, Associate Provost, and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Murray State University before being recruited to join the Council on Postsecondary Education.
He currently serves as a board of trustees member of the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) overseeing the accreditation of higher educational institutions in the southern states, Vice Chair of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees managing over $18 billion in financial assets, a bank board member, and sits as a member of the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board administering public school teacher licensing and educational standards. He is presently a board member of a medical university, has held seats on several foundation boards, and has served as vice chair of a public university board. His public service includes serving four terms as an elected member of a city council, board president of a chamber of commerce, board chair of the United Way, was formerly named Citizen of the Year, is a Rotarian, and has been involved with economic development through banking and other venues. He has taught, worked, and traveled in more than 15 countries for academics, research, and development, and has been active in both research and grant development.
Dr. Morgan is married to Amber M. Morgan, a school guidance counselor in Bourbon County, KY who holds a master’s and educational specialist degree (M.S., Ed.S.). They have two young children, Britteny and Ella.