Morgan Named Dean


By ALEX HELMBRECHT, Director of College Relations

Dr. Ryan F. Morgan is Chadron State College’s Dean of Graduate Studies and the School of Business, Math, and Science, according to an announcement by Vice President Jim Powell. Morgan will begin his duties in July 2023. (Courtesy photo, used with permission)

CHADRON – Dr. Ryan F. Morgan has been named Chadron State College’s Dean of Graduate Studies and the School of Business, Math, and Science, Vice President Jim Powell announced Monday. Dr. Morgan will begin his duties in July.

“Dr. Morgan brings a lot of excellent qualities to Chadron State College,” Powell said. “He has a strong background in teaching, as well as administration, which makes him a great fit for CSC. I am confident he’ll be a good leader for graduate studies and the school of Business, Math, and Science.”

Morgan, an Associate Professor at Tarleton State University, has been the Department Head for Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics since 2018. He has worked at Tarleton, a member of the Texas A&M System, since 2014, beginning as an Assistant Professor. Prior to accepting the Dean position at CSC, Morgan was named Assistant Provost for Curriculum during the spring semester.

Morgan said he is excited to continue his academic career at CSC.

“Chadron State is well-known for its teaching and the quality of its graduates, and I’m looking forward to continuing that tradition while supporting faculty and staff in their efforts,” Morgan said. “I’m dedicated to rural institutions and I am eager to embody CSC’s mission.”

While at Tarleton State, Morgan supervised six academic programs and worked to promote faculty research and scholarship. He said he created partnerships with key institutions and companies across Texas and Oklahoma that led to record-setting growth and donations. He also reorganized and streamlined a master’s degree program in environmental science that saw its student enrollment double.

Morgan is also committed to creating partnerships with the community and students. He oversaw the Environmental Alliance Garden, which was designed to assist with student food insecurity.

“Our food pantry only had dry goods for students on campus and so we wanted to add fresh fruit and vegetables. Creating the garden was a big step to help in addressing food insecurity, particularly for the first-generation students,” he said.

Morgan, a native of Fenton, Michigan, received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Geology from Baylor University in 2015.