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Libby V. Morris

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University Professor and Zell Miller Distinguished Professor of Higher Education

Libby V. Morris is the Zell Miller distinguished professor of higher education and faculty advisor to the Institute's Executive Ed.D. program. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her teaching and research interests include evaluation and assessment, faculty development, academic programs, and online education. In recognition of her work, she received the title of University Professor in 2022 and several other prestigious awards for excellence in teaching and in public service. In 2005, she was invited into membership in the UGA Teaching Academy.

Professor Morris serves as executive director for the Georgia College Advising Corps, an affiliate of the National College Advising Corps, which places recent college graduates in high schools to assist underserved students with the college search, financial aid, and application process. She also leads the Institute’s Faculty Development in Georgia program.

Morris has presented research and/or conducted workshops at meetings of the European Association for Institution Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Association for Institutional Research, Educause, WebCT, National Forum on First-Year Assessment, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She served as editor (2002-2019) of Innovative Higher Education, a peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on innovations in post-secondary education. 

Morris served as director of the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education, 2006-2022, with breaks in 2010 when she was vice provost for academic affairs, and 2013-2014 and 2018-2019 when was interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

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  • Ph.D., Adult and Higher Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed., Adult and Higher Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • A.B., English, University of Georgia
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Dr. Morris's research interests include evaluation and assessment, faculty development, academic programs, and online education.

News Featuring Libby V. Morris
Friday, March 31, 2023 - 3:25pm

Brook Thompson, program director of the Georgia College Advising Corps, and Azariah Partridge, adviser at Cedar Shoals High School, provided an overview of the goals and successes of the advising program’s work at a special session for the McBee Institute…

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 8:23am

Thank you, Libby Morris! Your vision and mentorship led the MIHE community, collectively and individually, to new heights. As you step down as director and return to the faculty, we look forward to your continued impact.

Read more on the announcement:…

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 12:37pm

In recognition of her years of leadership and service to the University of Georgia, Libby V, Morris was named University Professor. Morris has led the McBee Institute of Higher Education since 2006 and twice served as interim senior vice president for academic…

Monday, March 7, 2022 - 8:42am

On Monday, February 28, Libby V. Morris announced that she would step down as director of the McBee Institute and return to the faculty on July 1, 2022.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:42pm

The University of Georgia Alumni Association recognized Libby V. Morris, director of the Institute of Higher Education, with the 2021 Faculty Service Award.

The award is presented to a faculty or staff member "who has shown remarkable leadership in…

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 11:44am

Welcome to the 2020 edition of the IHE Report!

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 11:11am

IHE faculty, staff, alumnus, and students attended the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. King and celebrating the work of area peacemakers. The inspirational annual event is coordinated through a partnership of…

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 9:49am

IHE’s director, Libby V. Morris, delivered the fall graduate commencement address on Friday, December 13 at 2:30 in the Stegeman Coliseum. 

"I hope your pathway forward is filled with a sense of gratitude, valued colleagues, meaningful opportunities and…

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 4:49pm

Dr. Libby V. Morris was honored for her extensive service at the University of Georgia's annual Tucker Dorsey Blue Key Awards Banquet on Friday, November 8th. Morris received the Faculty Blue Key Service Award in recognition for her ongoing career focused on…

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 2:58pm

As I return after a year serving in the role of senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, I am struck by the Institute’s deep engagement in instruction, research, and public service.

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