2008 Volunteer of the Year

Michael Morley

Michael Morley 1969
Saunders College of Business

"This award recognizes Mike's dedication and service to the RIT community; including his impact on student success and his demonstration of outstanding leadership skills. This award not only honors Mike for his successes, but also expresses our appreciation for his support of the Institute"


Michael Morley graduated from RIT in 1969 with a BS in Business Administration from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

Those who know Mike know that he truly embodies the qualities of commitment, success and philanthropy.

Mike began his lifelong relationship with RIT when he was a part of Eastman Kodak’s shift workers program in the 1960s. At the time Mike was working full time at Kodak and this program allowed him to pursue both his career as well as a college education. With encouragement from his wife, Jean, he took a leave from work and pursued his studies full time. Following graduation, a re-energized Mike returned to Kodak, where he has since had a long and distinguished career.

At Kodak, Mike quickly rose to the highest senior-level positions, including Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Imaging in the US and Canada, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources, and Executive Vice President, and Chief Administrative Officer.

Additionally, Mike has channeled his considerable talent and energy toward the betterment of his community. He has served as Chairman of the Board for Family Service of Rochester, Industrial Management Council, and the Rochester Health Commission, along with many other organizations. Currently, Mike is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at RIT, Chairman of the Investment Committee at Via Health, and board members of Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Al Sigl Center, to name a few.

While reflecting on his long association with RIT, Mike says, Through my many committee assignments, including Chair of the Board of Trustees, I have been involved in several efforts that have helped me in my work and in the community. The strong sense of ethical behavior is perhaps the most important result of my RIT experience. In addition Mike credits RIT with providing him the skills and confidence that has been so important to my success.

Mike and his wife Jean have been married over than 44 years and have three grown Children, Michele Katy and John, along with three grandchildren.