New executive director brings 20 years of experience from around the world.
Morgan previously was director of the Michigan State University Museum and has worked with museums and heritage organizations in Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and Malawi, Africa, and has worked extensively as a consultant.
A native of Australia, Morgan has held leadership roles in museums spanning the fine and decorative arts, history, anthropology, technology and the natural sciences.
“The museum makes significant contributions to the academic and outreach mission of Texas Tech University,” Schovanec said. “I'm delighted Dr. Morgan has agreed to serve as its executive director. His experience, credentials and engaging personality will be great assets in enhancing the impact and vitality of the museum and its connections with the university and the community.”
Morgan was selected following an international search. He is expected to begin his duties at the Museum of Texas Tech on Nov. 2.
“I am excited at the prospects of contributing to the future of the Museum of Texas Tech University and its role in advancing the interests of the university as a whole,” Morgan said. “The museum has a fine staff and strong scholarship, extraordinary collections and runs one of the best museum science programs in the country. Texas Tech is a dynamic and forward-thinking research university. The museum can serve a vital role in engaging the widest of communities with the very best of what the university is doing in research and outreach in Texas, across the U.S. and around the world.”
Morgan earned his doctorate in zoology from Monash University and undergraduate degrees from Queensland University, both in Australia. A biological scientist by training, Morgan has more than 50 academic publications, including two books.
The Museum of Texas Tech University holds collections in the arts, humanities and the sciences. Among its holdings are collections of western art, the works of famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth, 20th and 21st century art of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and a vast collection of Southwestern Indian Art. The museum also is home to the Moody Planetarium.
The Natural Science Research Laboratory is a division of the museum. Its collections are available to researchers at academic, scientific and government institutions around the world, including work into the development and spread of Hantavirus and other animal-borne diseases.
The Lubbock Lake National Historical Landmark, an archeological site, is another division of the museum. It contains a complete cultural record from the Clovis Period, about 12,000 years ago, the longest continuous record of habitation in North America.
The faculty of the museum offer a master's degree with specializations in museum science and heritage management.