Joseph “Jay” Morgan, former Murray State provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, was named Morehead State University’s 14th president.
Morehead’s Board of Regents announced Morgan’s hiring March 29 after a national search. He will take office July 1, which will begin his four-year contract.
His contract will be reviewed annually for extensions, and he will be paid $325,000 per year.
Currently, Morgan is the chief academic officer and vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Success for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
Prior to CPE at Murray State, Morgan also served as the associate provost for graduate education and research, was a graduate program coordinator and a professor. He began teaching at Murray State in 1997.
Morehead State’s current president, Wayne Andrews, has been in office since 2005. He will retire June 30.
Murray State President Bob Davies said he congratulated Morgan on his accomplishment.
“Jay is a strong advocate for higher education, and he has a passion for serving students,” Davies said. “Murray State and Morehead State have a long history of working together, and I know that with him in this leadership role, we will continue to do so for the betterment of our current and future students.”