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Former president of Olivet College dies
Apr 17, 2008

Donald A. Morris, Ph.D., 22nd president of Olivet College, died Wednesday, April 16 in Jackson. He was 73.

The former administrator battled with Alzheimers disease since being diagnosed in 2003.

Morris served as president of Olivet College from 1977 to 1992. Prior to his time at Olivet, he held positions as executive vice president at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.; administrative assistant of university relations at Wayne State University; and managing editor of news services and manager of special services at the University of Michigan. In addition to his administrative background, he served as an education writer and reporter for the Detroit Times.

Morris earned a bachelors degree from Wayne State University, and a masters degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan. He received a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from Olivet in 1987.

Details regarding funeral arrangements will be announced as they become available.


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