Virginia Secretary of Education Dr. Thomas R. Morris to Keynote Thomas Nelson Commencement 2007


Published: April 16, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College will hold its 38th Annual Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum. The keynote speaker will be Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Education Dr. Thomas R. Morris.

About Dr. Thomas R. Morris:

Dr. Morris began serving as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia on January 15, 2006 as part of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s administration. Prior to his appointment within the Governor’s Cabinet, he was president of Emory & Henry College for nearly 14 years. A distinguished Constitutional scholar and political scientist, he was also a faculty member at the University of Richmond for 21 years.

Virginia Secretary of Education Dr. Thomas R. Morris to Keynote Thomas Nelson Commencement 2007

A native of Galax, Virginia, Dr. Morris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in government at Virginia Military Institute, studied at Princeton University, and completed Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in government at the University of Virginia. He received fellowships for additional advanced study including a year as a Liberal Arts Fellow at the Harvard Law School and a year as a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Morris is also considered an expert on Virginia government and politics having written and/or co-written several books and had articles published locally, statewide and nationwide. Additionally, the veteran educator is an acclaimed political analyst looked to as a reliable source by television, radio, and print media for 25 years.

Dr. Morris is married to the former Barbara-lyn Belcher, a native of Buchanan County, Virginia. They have three daughters: Tabby, Robbins, and Rosa; and one grandson, Anthony.



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