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Professor following father's footsteps receives ACU Morlan award

For immediate release
March 23, 2004

Dr. John Morlan, distinguished author, professor and consultant in higher education across the country will be awarded the 2004 Morlan Medal by the Abilene Christian University Department of Education at a dinner Friday, April 2, at the Teague Special Events Center.

This distinguished honor, which was named in honor of John Morlan's father, Dr. Grover C. Morlan, honors graduates of the ACU Department of Education who have distinguished themselves in the field of education.

John Morlan began teaching at San Jose State University in 1960 after earning his Bachelor of Science degree and his Master of Education degree from ACU, followed by his doctorate at Texas Tech University.  His roles included teaching, chairing the Educational Leadership and Development Division for the School of Education and administering numerous government grants for teacher training projects.

He has directed teacher-training projects in Palau and the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as travel-study programs in the South Pacific, Central Pacific and the Orient. He began a Master of Arts program in the Northern Mariana Islands and was a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico for three summers.

 In addition, Morlan has authored nine books, contributed chapters to four others and contributed articles to numerous educational journals.

"The award is to honor someone with a vision, whose education influence goes far beyond ACU," said Dr. Pat Simpson, chair of the Education Department.

Two other awards will also be presented for the second year. The Bob Hunter Friend of Education award goes to Loretta Fulton, Abilene Reporter News employee, for her excellence in education reporting, and the C.G. and Barbara Gray award goes to
Dave Boyll, owner of KWKC, for his work with the mentoring program at Jefferson Middle School.


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