Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan began as President of Morehead State University in July of 2017. Prior to assuming the Presidency of Morehead State, Dr. Morgan served as the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, an agency in Frankfort, Kentucky that coordinates higher education within the Commonwealth for two research universities, 6 regional universities, and 16 community colleges. Dr. Morgan has also served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost, leadership program director, and as graduate coordinator at Murray State University, and prior to that was a faculty member for over a decade at MSU.
Dr. Morgan holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. and M.S. from Murray State University. He has completed the course requirements for a school superintendent and also holds a certificate in management from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School.
He served as a board member of the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), as well as on the board of a medical and dental university. He has held former board seats on the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees, a bank board, the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board, several foundation boards, served as the vice chairman of a public university board, and has served as chairman of a Chamber of Commerce, and as fundraising chair and board chair of a United Way board. He has also served four terms as an elected member of a city council, was formerly named Citizen of the Year, is a Rotarian, and has worked and traveled in more than 15 countries. He current chairs the pioneer athletic conference board.