President Lynn M. Morton, Ph.D.
Lynn M. Morton, Ph.D., is the eighth person and first woman to be president of Warren Wilson College. She assumed the presidency July 1, 2017, following a 35-year higher education career, which includes more than 25 years at Queens University of Charlotte. Serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs, Morton has spent her career focused on student career development; diversity, inclusion and community engagement initiatives; institutional advancement and academic excellence.
Her climb to the highest levels of academia started as a part-time instructor. In addition to Morton’s time as a professor, she chaired the English department, directed the first-year writing program, served as an associate vice president for academic affairs and spent four years as dean of the college of arts and sciences. Before joining Queens University of Charlotte, she held teaching positions at Winthrop University, the University of South Carolina and the University of Nevada at Reno.
Throughout her academic career, Morton took advantage of opportunities to work within multiple areas of higher education. While at Queens, she successfully partnered with advancement and Queens’ president to raise funds to renovate centers of cultural significance, including a campus library, a fine arts center and a center for peace and social justice. Morton took the lead on initiatives to increase enrollment, and she made efforts to strengthen shared governance and set institutional goals that are achievable and aspirational.
Before working in the field, English was the focus of Morton’s collegiate pursuits. She holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Nevada at Reno and the University of South Carolina, which is where she earned her Ph.D. in Renaissance literature. Morton is also the recipient of multiple awards for superior teaching and recently completed the Council of Independent Colleges Executive Leadership Academy.
In her short time at the helm of Warren Wilson College, Morton has already instituted a new Center for Integrated Advising and Career Development, designed to help students navigate the school’s distinctive educational model – rigorous academics enhanced by applied learning through on-campus work, internships and community engagement. She is currently implementing a dialogue-based approach to difficult conversations, with the hope that Warren Wilson will be a model for how higher education can bridge the current polarization in our country. Earlier this month, the new president also oversaw the long overdue installation of a plaque on campus in memory of Swannanoa’s Alma Shippy – Warren Wilson College’s first African-American student.
Morton is a native North Carolinian. She has three adult children with her husband, Ric. And, she has called Black Mountain her second home for the last nine years.