RICHMOND, Ky. (July 5 2012) — Lt. Col. Brett Morris, Ret., has been named director of admissions at Eastern Kentucky University.
Morris has served as interim director of admissions since October 2011 and as associate director for veterans affairs in University’s Student Outreach and Transition Office since February 2010. From 1999 to 2004, Morris was professor and chair of military science at Eastern – the final duty assignment in his 24 years of active duty with the U.S. Army.
Under his leadership as associate director for veterans affairs, EKU earned national accolades for its commitment to serving veterans. In 2010 and 2011, EKU earned No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings, respectively, among the nation’s four-year colleges and universities from Military Times EDGE magazine for its commitment to helping military veterans further their education. The University has also been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for the past three years.
“I am pleased Brett Morris has accepted the position of director of admissions,” said EKU President Doug Whitlock. “He is a mission-oriented individual who has succeeded in his every effort on our campus. He breathed new life into our ROTC program, made us the Best for Vets and I am confident he will build classes of incoming students who will be successful here.”
Following his retirement from the military, Morris taught Junior ROTC at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester for five years before returning to EKU.
“What has always most impressed me about EKU is the University’s commitment to changing lives,” Morris said. “Every week we hear of great things our students and alumni are doing to make a difference in their communities and around the globe. Our goal is to make sure prospective students know that, regardless of their dream, we can help them get there from here.
“For undergraduate students, finding a college is more than just getting accepted,” Morris said. “It is about finding the right fit both academically and socially. What makes EKU special is a dedicated faculty that are totally focused on student success and a vibrant campus life where students feel welcomed, appreciated and, most importantly, engaged in academic life. Our goal in admissions is to build personal relationships with prospective students and answer their questions to determine if EKU is the right fit. Helping them see that EKU should be a top choice is the first step; once they give us a serious look, I am confident they will be impressed.”
Morris served as the director of the National Remembrance Roll Call 2011, an event he spearheaded to remember the service men and women who lost their lives in the Global War on Terror. He is a member of the National Association of Veterans Processing Administrators (NAVPA) and is the Veterans Knowledge Community Representative for NASPA Region III – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College Strategist program, he is currently pursuing the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral degree at EKU.