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Dean, Institutional Diversity

Local Address:  Mankato , Minnesota , United States
Minnesota State University-Mankato

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Director of Student Activities
  • Minnesota State University
  • Head of Building and Grounds
  • Chair
    Mankato Area

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Presidential Fellow
  • Board Member
    Centennial Student Union
  • Board Member
14 Total References
Web References
Insight News, 10 July 2005 [cached]
Henry Morris named MSU Presidential Fellow
Henry Morris has been named Mankato State Univerity's (MSU) first Presidential Fellow - an innovative pilot program created by university President Richard Davenport to develop new senior leaders from within.
As MSU's Presidential Fellow, Morris will be mentored by Davenport and other senior leaders to help him expand his organizational leadership knowledge and skills.
Morris, executive director of student involvement and director of MSU's Centennial Student Union, will begin his fellowship in mid-September, after a well-deserved sabbatical during which he will begin work on his doctoral degree and finalize his individual Fellow program with the president.
'I am pleased and honored to be the first Presidential Fellow,' said Morris. 'I'm so proud of this institution and its students - especially the stunning new CSU (Centennial Student Union).I look forward to learning from President Davenport and other members of the senior leadership team as we take MSU to higher levels.'
For the next year, Morris will work directly with Davenport, MSU vice-presidents and other senior leaders, assisting with critical decisions and formulating and implementing strategic plans and policies.
Morris will be involved with the MSU decision-making process: facilities development, resource allocation, institutional policies, legislative and public relations, and fundraising.He will participate in key University meetings and events, seminars, workshops, training opportunities and policy discussions.
Morris came to MSU in 1990 as Director of Student Activities.During his tenure as director of Centennial Student Union he has overseen two multi-million dollar renovations to the CSU.During the past academic year, Morris participated in the Office of the Chancellor Leadership Academy.
He also has served as chair of the Mankato Area United Way Board of Directors, an officer and executive committee member of the YMCA, an officer and board member of the Boy Scouts of America, and a board member of the Girl Scouts of America.He has been selected to serve on the Blue Earth County Criminal Justice Review Task Force.
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Mankato Family YMCA: Board of Directors, 29 Jan 2007 [cached]
Henry Morris - Secretary/Treasurer
Iowa State Daily - Candidate seeks change at MU, 26 June 2003 [cached]
At his first job in college, working for food services, Henry Morris discovered he was hooked on people.
Now the director of the student union at Minnesota State University-Mankato, Morris has spent the last 25 years working with students.
Morris, a candidate for executive director of the Memorial Union, spoke to a forum of 25 people Wednesday, outlining three basic steps to making the Memorial Union the "living room" of the campus.
During his introduction, Morris asked himself the question, "Why am I interested in Iowa State?"
"Why not?"he answered.
Morris said he wants a new challenge.
He said he prefers to manage by moving around the union and talking to its inhabitants, rather than just relying on surveys and polls.
He said he realizes it is important to attract students who would not normally use the union to come in and see the opportunities and facilities provided.
Morris said he believes there are three steps to a great, modern union.The first step, he said, is the brick and mortar of the building, the foundation.The next step is the programming and services.Morris said he feels this is the life-blood of any union.Finally, Morris said he felt staff and personnel were key.
"You can have a shoddy looking union with great services and staff and still have a good amount of people using it," Morris said."But you cannot have a gorgeous facility and bad programming and expect to attract anyone."
Morris said he has had experience in upgrading unions and felt there are things which belong in a union and some things should be put elsewhere.At Mankato State, part of the plan to upgrade the union was to incorporate the student health center.Morris, as director of the union and a member of its planning committee, strongly objected to placing it in the union.
Instead, an inter-cultural center and international student center were added at Mankato.Morris said he saw groups which would not usually plan events together, make great events together.He said he wished to eliminate barriers between groups, both physically and in programming.
In addition to his duties at the university, Morris is also the head of building and grounds for the YMCA.
Morris addressed the concern of some of the forum about the likelihood of the university continuing to support the union now when the Memorial Union is coming under the jurisdiction of the department of student affairs.He said when the mission of an institute is education, then he has hope, because he and his staff can show people what is done in the union, and how it is done.
"The mission of the institution is education, not academics," Morris said.
Morris said he felt the best way to ensure the Memorial Union continues to increase in usage is to partner with other large groups on the campus, like the department of residence and the athletics department.
"Anywhere students experience learning outside a classroom is a natural partner [for the union]," Morris said.
To get to the next level of performance for the union, Morris said he felt he needed to spend more time outside his office than in it and work to provide a union that is cheery, vibrant and open.
Integrating Strategic Enrollment Management: Snowmass Institute, 20 April 2006 [cached]
Henry Morris, Presidential Fellow, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN
Supporting People, 11 May 2005 [cached]
Henry Morris Minnesota State University, Mankato
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