Michael P. Morley Selected as Chairman of RIT’s Board of Trustees
Nov. 13, 2005
by Bob Finnerty
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Michael P. Morley ’69 (business administration) is now in the company of Captain Henry Lomb, George Eastman and Colby Chandler as he becomes the 16th chairman of RIT’s Board of Trustees. Morley, of Pittsford, is RIT’s third alumni chairman of the board, following Bruce James ‘64 and William Buckingham’64.
Morley retired from Eastman Kodak in 2004, where he served as chief administrative officer and executive vice president.
Morley began his career at Kodak in 1964 in the Film Testing Division at Kodak Park. He held various positions in the company including: general manager of U.S. and Canada, Consumer Imaging Division; vice president and general manager, Consumer Services Division; director of Industrial Relations for the Research Lab and Apparatus Division, and for Kodak Colorado Operations; and director of Personnel Relations, Industrial Relations Division, Kodak Park. He was awarded a Sloan Fellowship for study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a master’s degree in management from MIT.
In 1995, Morley received RIT’s Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Business. He joined the RIT board in 1996 and most recently served as chairman of the Student Life Committee.
"I would like to continue on the track that has been set in terms of the Strategic Plan (2005-2015). We need to be consistent with this strategy," said Morley.
"I also look forward to a successful completion of the Capital Campaign. As an alumnus of RIT, I want the university to move ahead and make changes in the future, to continue to improve, and to improve its status as a university. This is what the Campaign is allowing us to do… For alumni, the degree that we received is valued more each year since we graduated."
RIT has one of the largest and most active boards of trustees among the nation’s universities: 53 active members, 28 honorary or emeritus members, and 22 trustees who are RIT alumni.
James is now a chairman emeritus. James’ tenure as chairman since 2002 saw numerous major developments at RIT including the Strategic Plan (2005-2015), the 175th Anniversary, the opening of the Gordon Field House and Activities Center, the start of doctoral programs in microsystems engineering and computing and information sciences, the launch of RIT hockey at the Division I level, as well as leading RIT into the final year of the Capital Campaign.