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The University Magazine

Numerous milestones accomplished during Michael Morley’s tenure

Michael P. Morley

Michael P. Morley ’69 (business administration), who led RIT as chair of the Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2009, died Nov. 19, 2009. Mr. Morley, of Pittsford, N.Y., was 66.

Mr. Morley spent his career at Eastman Kodak Co., where he climbed the ranks before retiring in 2004 as chief administration officer and executive vice president.

During his time as board chair, RIT completed a successful $309 million fundraising campaign; developed and implemented a strategic plan to guide the university through 2015; and greatly expanded the campus.

“Mike was a great colleague and friend,” says Donald Boyce ’67 (business administration), the new board chair. “If RIT follows the strategic plan that was developed under Mike Morley’s leadership, RIT will not only continue to provide an excellent education for students, but it will also rise even further in stature. Mike will be disappointed if we rest on our laurels.”

In a 2009 interview, Mr. Morley credited RIT with providing him “the skills and confidence that have been so important to my success. My time with RIT has been an exciting adventure. RIT continues to grow in size and scope. It is amazing to see how far the university has come in such a short period.”

Mr. Morley and his wife, Jean, were married more than 45 years. He is also survived by three grown children and three grandchildren.

Bob Finnerty ’07