President Stephen R. Morgan became Westminster College's 18th president in July 2015. He has devoted more than three decades of service to Westminster in a variety of administrative roles, including vice president for institutional advancement and executive vice president and treasurer. Morgan's versatile leadership style has made him a key asset to the college's executive team—he has advised six past presidents on almost every major campus decision since 1981. He has been instrumental in shaping Westminster into the institution it is today, leading the college's master plan, as well as the 2004–14 and 2014–19 strategic plans.
As executive vice president and treasurer, Morgan managed the college's finances through a period of deficits to 25 consecutive years of balanced budgets, and he oversaw the growth of the endowment to more than $70 million. He also directed 17 campus construction and renovation projects, including the Giovale Library; the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business; and the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center. Morgan attained significant costs savings for many of these capital projects by initiating the college's use of public financing for facilities and securing the first investment-grade rating for issuing tax-exempt bonds.
In 2007, Morgan embraced a new career challenge at Westminster by becoming the vice president for institutional advancement, overseeing the college's fundraising division. His inherent sense of optimism, enthusiasm, and authenticity made him a natural choice for this role, and he led his team in raising more than $50 million for strategic priorities, including the Meldrum Science Center and the Campaign for Scholarships. The percentage of alumni giving back to the college doubled during his tenure, and the 2014–15 fiscal year was marked by the highest number of donors to the college in Westminster's history.
President Morgan is an active member of the Salt Lake community. He serves on the board of Pitney Bowes Bank, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and the Utah Campus Compact. Morgan was featured in Utah Business' "Forty Under 40" program, and the American Institute of Architects Utah Chapter honored him in 2006 for his role in completing Westminster's master plan.
Morgan earned a BA in accounting from the University of Utah and is a certified public accountant (CPA). An avid runner, he has completed 28 marathons and is a member of the St. George Marathon "20-year club," after running the race for 20 consecutive years. His greatest joy in life is his family: wife, Sandy, and children Amanda, Danny, and Alex—all of whom are Westminster alumni—as well as his eight grandchildren.
Meet the First Lady
Sandy Morgan is the first alumna to serve as first lady of Westminster College. She graduated from the college in 2011, but her time at Westminster goes back more than three decades.
The Morgans were married in 1975, beginning a partnership that has spanned over 40 years. During the early years of their marriage, Sandy worked as an executive secretary to help support Steve as he completed his accounting degree at the University of Utah and his CPA coursework. Shortly after Steve first began working at Westminster as a business manager, Sandy enrolled to pursue her bachelor’s degree.
Over the next few years, Sandy worked toward her degree on and off, taking time to focus on their growing family. She never gave up on earning her degree, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree after years of hard work.
Sandy is so grateful for the time her family has spent at Westminster. For many years, the whole family either worked or attended classes at the college, so they would often meet for lunch in the Shaw Student Center to catch up. Now as the college’s first lady, Sandy still spends much of her time on campus, interacting with students and sharing her energy, enthusiasm, and deep passion for Westminster.