Rosemead, California – The University of the West Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Stephen Morgan, President Emeritus of the University of La Verne and Professor of Higher Education, has accepted the position of President of University of the West. His term is expected to begin June 1st, 2013.

Venerable Hsin Ting, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, stated,  “We are most pleased and extremely fortunate to have Dr. Morgan assume the leadership of our university at this time of substantial academic growth and a virtual doubling in our student enrollment.

“We are convinced that no one is better suited to assume leadership of University of the West at this time than Dr. Morgan. In addition to his distinguished academic career at The University of La Verne, University of Southern California and as Executive Director of the Independent Colleges of Northern California, Dr. Morgan has won high honors as a highly effective leader in community affairs throughout Southern California,” stated Roger Frank, Chairman of the Search Committee.

Recently, Dr. Morgan served as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Special Advisor to the University of the West in the institution’s preparatory sessions for final reaccreditation.  During this period, Dr. Morgan endeared himself with many University the West faculty, staff, and trustees with his academic insights, warmth, good humor and helpful recommendations. Dr. Morgan earned a B.A. from University of Laverne, an M.S. from the University of Southern California, and an Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Morgan stated, “I am pleased to accept the invitation of the Board of Trustees to serve as the president of University of the West.  In just twenty short years, the University has grown to become a respected member of the educational community and I look forward to working with them as they continue to build academic programs in the context of Buddhist values.  As our world becomes ever more interdependent, providing opportunities to develop stronger relations between Eastern and Western cultures has never been more important.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the trustees, faculty, staff and students to continue to add to the distinction and strength of University of the West as they pursue their mission to achieve academic excellence with a strong values orientation.”

Venerable Hsin Ting remarked,  “Under the leadership of Dr. Chin Shun Wu, the University has added a significant number of outstanding full-time professors, significant new academic programs, an unprecedented student growth, and highly successful preparatory meetings with WASC prior to the final reaccreditations proceedings. We look forward to continued growth and academic improvement under Dr. Morgan’s leadership.”

The mission of University of the West is to provide a whole person education in a context informed by Buddhist wisdom and values and to facilitate cultural understanding and appreciation between the East and the West.

University of the West is a private, nonprofit, non-sectarian, co-educational institute offering undergraduate, graduate, certificate and continuing education programs; it is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

A highly qualified faculty and a supportive and physically attractive learning environment are provided so that students can master a body of knowledge, acquire analytical and problem-solving and learning skills, cultivate moral and cultural discernment and develop personal and social responsibility.