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Founding board member Walter Morris honored during PCCUA luncheon

Apr 20, 2017


Founding board member Walter Morris honored during PCCUA luncheon


Tuesday’s annual Scholarship Luncheon gave special meaning to the word “giving” as Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) expressed its profound thanks to founding board member Walter L. Morris, who has unselfishly given over 50 years of service to Phillips College. Morris is stepping down from the Board after 52 years (1965-2017).

William H. Brandon, PCCUA Board of Visitors (BOV) chairman, said Walter Morris has been a “force” in support of Phillips College from 1965 in the monumental effort to get Arkansas General Assembly approval for ACT 560 authorizing the creation of tax-supported community colleges, to the development of its land and buildings and, subsequently, its programs and progress over the past 52 years.

“Walter will be missed by the board!” Brandon stated, adding that his “wisdom, leadership, and his ability to get things done” were instrumental all along and even now in new offerings, such as the College’s CDL truck driving program, of which Morris is a staunch supporter.

Morris, who wasn't able to attend due to a minor injury, was represented by his family. Accepting his gifts of recognition including a framed Resolution of Appreciation from the Board and a beautiful crystal award from Phillips College was his wife, Bennette Morris.

Mrs. Morris said her husband has spent 51 years of their 65-year marriage “living and breathing Phillips College.”

“When I asked him what he wanted me to say today,” Mrs. Morris said, “he said how wonderful the past has been and how even more wonderful the future will be.”

In recognizing Morris for his leadership and service, PCCUA Chancellor Dr. Keith Pinchback said, “That is the kind of love for an institution that you rarely find.”

                As recognizing those who give to helps others achieve their educational goals was the reason for the luncheon, two scholarship recipients expressed their sincere thanks to scholarship donors.

Barney Lewis Business Scholarship recipient Joshua Mullinax said, while at Phillips, he has been honored to receive the Barney Lewis Scholarship and the Academic All Star Scholarship, adding that receiving a scholarship means that “donors have personally invested in our education.”

Mullinax added that the financial assistance in helping him obtain his degree in business administration was very much appreciated.

Helena Health Foundation Scholarship recipient Blakeley Pinegar said she has faced numerous personal challenges along the way to completing her degree in medical laboratory technology, but her child and little sister have been her biggest motivators. She added that great support from the Career Pathways Initiative and her instructors has kept her on track and carried her through the tough times.

You can support Phillips College students by making a donation or establishing a scholarship through the Phillips Community College Foundation. For information, call Rhonda St. Columbia at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1130.