Morgans endow director's post at Academic Support Center

April 16, 2008

University Park, Pa. -- Penn Staters have long taken pride in the academic successes of the University's student-athletes, and none more so than Milton and Lois Morgan of Lancaster. Several years ago, the Morgans displayed that pride in dramatic fashion by designating a leadership gift to support what is now the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes, which helps Penn State student-athletes achieve their academic goals while participating in intercollegiate athletic programs.

Now the Morgans have added a million-dollar commitment to endow the Morgan Center's director's position. Annual income from the endowment will support a variety of program and equipment improvements.

"Having a director's endowment strengthens Penn State's national leadership in the area of academic support services for student-athletes and continues to demonstrate our commitment to provide the best academic support services for our 800 student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Tim Curley. "The Morgan endowment also is clear evidence of the University's commitment to the concept of the student-athlete-we expect students to excel in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We are extremely grateful to Milt and Lois for continuing their most generous support of this initiative, and our athletic program."   

The Morgan Center director, in consultation with the director of athletics, will determine specific designations for the endowment's annual income.

According to Russell Mushinsky, director of the Morgan Center, endowment income will be directed to areas of greatest need.

"These areas may include support for tutoring services, acquisition of laptop computers, awards recognizing academic achievements, and the addition or renovation of study spaces in Recreation Hall, the Lasch Football Building, and other primarily athletic facilities," said Mushinsky. "The advantage of an endowed gift is that it generates income in perpetuity, giving us resources that we can depend on for long-term planning."

Milton Morgan graduated from Penn State in 1954 from the College of the Liberal Arts. He was a member of the Glee Club and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He is chairman of the board of Lancaster-based J. Walter Miller Co., a brass and bronze foundry.

The Morgans are longtime benefactors of Penn State and Penn State athletics. Their philanthropy has included support for Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, women's basketball, the Levi Lamb Fund, and construction of the Bryce Jordan Center.

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