COE Graduate Named White House Fellow
The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships recently announced the appointment of UMSL COE alumnus Warren Morgan, to the 2016-2017 class of White House Fellows. Morgan received his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the College in May 2009.
The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, varied professions, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and leadership.
Morgan served as the Academic Superintendent for Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s turnaround (investment) schools. Under his leadership, schools achieved significant gains in literacy and attendance, outperformed the district’s graduation rate, and decreased suspensions.
Prior to working in education, Morgan worked for the Illinois Senate as a Bill Analyst. He joined Teach for America in 2007 as a science teacher in St. Louis and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year by St. Louis Public Schools Community Education department. He then served as a high school principal with Chicago Public Schools where the school’s performance dramatically improved from a level 3 probation status for the first time in nearly 20 years. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Butler University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
White House Fellows take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs. Community service is another essential element of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout their year in Washington, D.C. Each Fellow must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute meaningfully at senior levels of the Federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields, including government, business, law, media, medicine, education, diplomacy, and the military. Additional information about the White House Fellows program is available online here.
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