OVU names Morris VP of external relations

VIENNA – Ohio Valley University has appointed Charles G. Morris as vice president of external relations.

Morris’ role will include developing and deepening the university’s community relations throughout the region. He will also continue to serve on the university’s board of trustees.

“Charles will bring a wealth of expertise and skill sets to this position,” said OVU President Harold Shank. “He is passionate about Christian higher education and encouraging young people to make a positive impact on the world. We welcome him back to the area and to our campus community.”

A native of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Morris comes to OVU following 43 years of experience in higher education, including 30 years with the West Virginia University Extension Service. He is experienced in mediation and conflict resolution as well as civil rights and Title IX compliance.

His most recent assignment has been as special assistant to the WVU chief of staff.

He previously served as a consultant to the Office of Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he provided leadership to redevelop a civil rights compliance review unit in the Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

Morris said, “I am looking forward to returning to the area that I have always called home. I also welcome the opportunity to share the story of OVU with those interested in Christian higher education. I was drawn to OVU by having known students and former students of the school. They are not only impressive people, but they are making impacts wherever they go.”

Morris earned degrees from Glenville State College and West Virginia University. He is married to Lois (Burgess) Morris. They have a son, Chris, daughter-in-law Renee, three granddaughters in Charleston, and a deceased daughter, Mary. He is a former elder of the Morgantown Church of Christ and enjoys a variety of hobbies, including singing with a barbershop quartet and traveling.