Richard Morrill, `61
President, The Teagle Foundation
Richard L. Morrill became President of the Teagle Foundation on January 1, 2010. He has served on the Foundation's Board of Directors since 1989, including several terms as Chair of the Program Committee and as Chair of the Board (2008-2009). Dr. Morrill continues to serve as Chancellor of the University of Richmond, a largely honorary position that he assumed in 1998 to serve as an ambassador of good will for the University following his 10-year presidency. At that time, he was also appointed to the Distinguished University Chair in Ethics and Democratic values that carries his name, from which he retired in 2004. Prior to his association with the University of Richmond, Morrill served as President of Centre College from 1982 to 1988 and as President of Salem College from 1979 to 1982. He was chief of staff to the Provost of Pennsylvania State University from 1977 to 1979, and held a variety of faculty and administrative positions at Chatham College from 1968-1977, including Assistant to the President, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Religious Studies.
Dr. Morrill received his A.B. in History from Brown University in 1961, graduating magna cum laude, his B.D. in Religious Thought in 1964 from Yale University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and the recipient of the Tew Prize for excellence in studies, and his Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. As an undergraduate he studied in Paris, France principally at the Institute of Political Studies under the auspices of Sweet Briar College. He attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard in 1974 and has received honorary degrees from five institutions, including the École des Haute Études Internationales in Paris, France. He is also a member of the Order of Academic Palms and the Order of National Merit of the French Republic. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools awarded him its Distinguished Leadership Award in 2008.
Dr. Morrill currently is a member of the board of the Richmond Symphony Foundation, a director of the Tredegar Corporation, and of the Williamsburg Investment Trust. Previously he was chairman of the board of trustees of ChildFund, and a member of the executive committee of ChildFund International. He also served on the executive committee of the board and as Treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), as a director of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), chairman of the College Commission of SACS, and as a member of two commissions of the American Council on Education (ACE). He has worked closely with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) on a variety of projects and programs.
Dr. Morrill has written and spoken widely on issues of values and ethics in liberal education and has published several articles and made numerous presentations on strategic planning and leadership for colleges and universities. He is the author of Teaching Values in College: Facilitating Ethical, Moral and Value Awareness in Students (Jossey-Bass,1980), Strategic Leadership in Academic Affairs: Clarifying the Board's Responsibilities (AGB, 2002), Strategic Leadership: Integrating Strategy and Leadership in Colleges and Universities (ACE/Praeger, 2007) and Assessing Presidential Effectiveness (AGB, 2010).
Dr. Morrill is married to Martha Leahy Morrill and they have two daughters, three grandsons and two granddaughters. He is a native of Hingham, Massachusetts.