Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- August 30, 2002
Kent State Administrator Named Cal Poly's Vice
President for Student Affairs
Cornel Morton, formerly associate vice president for student support
services at Kent State University in Ohio, is now Cal Poly’s vice
president for student affairs beginning September 3, 2002.
Morton has spent his 30-year career in higher education focusing on
student affairs and institutional diversity issues.
“We are fortunate to have Dr. Morton joining our executive team,”
Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker said. “His in-depth experience
and commitment to advancing student development and fostering a diverse
campus community will reinforce our commitment to providing the best
educational experience for our students. His recognized expertise in
building consensus will assist the university in developing student-related
partnerships at Cal Poly as well as within the broader community.”
In his new position, Morton will be responsible for the offices of Campus
Student Relations and Judicial Affairs, Career Services, the Disability
Resource Center, Health and Counseling Services, Housing and Residential
Life, Student Academic Services, and Student Life and Leadership. He
also will be the university’s liaison to the Associated Students
A graduate of Kent State, with a Ph.D. in higher education and student
personnel administration, Morton returned to the university in 1997
to assume the position of associate vice president for student support
services. He has also worked as assistant vice president for institutional
diversity for Central Michigan University, as dean of students, executive
assistant to the president and director of equal opportunity/affirmative
action at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in affirmative
action and students affairs at the University of Toledo, and as director
of human relations programs at the University of Maryland.
Commenting on the role of the Student Affairs staff, Morton said that
the staff should “support, influence and challenge students to
embrace personal and community conduct that fosters a sense of personal
accountability, belonging, respect for human diversity, mutual respect
and intellectual freedom.”
Morton earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tennessee
State University, prior to completion of the Ph.D. at Kent State University.
He is a prolific researcher, writer and presenter on student retention,
service learning and diversity planning in higher education.