Scholarship America Elects Jay Morris and Mark Quick To Board of Trustees

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20 FEB 2013
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Organization Welcomes Mark Quick, Former Vice Chairman, Fossil; and Jay Morris, Vice President of Education and Executive Director of the Institute for Excellence, Yale New Haven Health System

Scholarship America®, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization, is pleased to announce that Mark D. Quick and Dr. James (Jay) B. Morris have been elected to serve as members of the organization's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Jay Morris currently serves as Vice President of Education and the Executive Director of the Institute for Excellence at Yale New Haven Health System, where he is responsible for leadership development, succession planning, organization development, e-learning, and simulation. Prior to joining the Institute for Excellence, Dr. Morris was Vice President at Trinity Health, and spent seven years as an organization development director for Merck & Company.

As a student, he was responsible for financing his education and held various jobs throughout college in order to pay tuition, in addition to earning scholarships.

“As the first person in my immediate family to attend college, I had full responsibility for financing my education. With the help of generous individuals and organizations like Scholarship America, I was able to secure scholarships that allowed me to acquire my degree in sociology. It is my desire to utilize my skills and talents to do for others what was done for me. I firmly believe that Scholarship America personifies this same conviction and I look forward to serving on this board," said Dr. Morris.

“Jay is an inspirational leader with a background that gives him incredible insight to Scholarship America’s work. I am delighted that he has agreed to bring his talents to our organization, as we work to achieve our strategic goals,” said Lauren A. Segal, president and CEO of Scholarship America.

In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, Dr. Morris earned a JD from Woodrow Wilson College of Law and both his MA in Organization Development and PhD in Corporate Instructional Design from Loyola University in Chicago. He was an Affiliate Professor in the Organizational Dynamics Graduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark D. Quick retired as vice chairman of Fossil in 2012, after serving 17 years with the company in a variety of areas, from international business to supply chain management. Prior to joining Fossil, Quick worked as senior vice president of merchandising for Federated Department Stores.

Coming from a family of educators – his mother was a public grade school teacher and his father held various university teaching and administrative positions – Quick understands the value of postsecondary education for our nation, and the importance of Scholarship America’s mission.

“Scholarship America works directly at the heart of our country's biggest economic challenge: education. We cannot rank 17th of 50 nations and succeed in facing our challenges at home and around the globe,” said Quick. “Nothing can be more important than helping students learn and grow, so I am very honored to join the board of an organization that does just that.”

“Mark embodies the spirit of what Scholarship America is all about: helping students overcome barriers and to succeed in the pursuit of their academic and life goals. Mark will be a great asset to our organization as we shape Scholarship America’s future,” said Segal.

Quick and his wife divide their time between their homes in Houston and North Carolina, and are actively involved in both communities. Quick is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He continues to serve on Fossil’s board of directors.

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