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Lon Morris Selects New President

Lon Morris College Trustees broke with tradition today and choose a new President that is not a Methodist Minister.  Trustees selected Stephen F. Austin Professor Dr. Miles McCall as Lon Morris President.

Below is more information on Dr. McCall's selection provided by Lon Morris College.

At a special meeting called by the Board of Trustees on Friday June 10th, board members unanimously supported the appointment of Dr. Miles L. McCall as the 18th President of Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.  Lon Morris College, the oldest two-year college in the state of Texas, has historically been lead by a Methodist minister.  Dr. Bill Jones, retired Methodist minister and chair of the Presidential Search Committee stated “The board of trustees felt it was time to broaden our search and the naming of Dr. McCall was simply a decision for the board to choose the best possible person to serve as president of Lon Morris College”.

The Board of Trustees Search Committee, whose members included Ramon Bukhair, Don Benton, William C. Jones, Susie Ragsdale, Judge Michael Schneider, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, Hooper Haygood, Carrie Cothrum, Dale Dotson, Joseph Bradley and Robert Campbell, was pleased to receive over forty applications for the position of Lon Morris College President.  Through a series of interviews and campus visits, Dr. Miles McCall was selected to serve as the college’s next President.  He will begin his new post on July 1st.

Board of Trustee Chairman, Ramon Bukhair, said “Lon Morris is excited to welcome Dr. McCall.  His love and of students and his strong academic background will make him a favorite among the students and faculty.”

Dr. McCall is currently employed at Stephen F. Austin State University as Professor of Communication and Leadership Studies.  He has taught in the Communication Department at SFA since 1985.  In 1998, he became Vice-President for Alumni Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University.  Under his direction as Vice-President for Alumni Affairs, the school built a new Alumni Building on the campus and raised one million dollars in additional scholarship endowments each year, including a 3.5 million dollar single gift, which is the largest single gift in the history of the University.  He was also instrumental in raising over 37 million dollars in a three year Capital Campaign.  Dr. McCall held this post until 2004 when he felt that he had completed his development goals and made a personal decision to return to his teaching position as Professor of Communication and Leadership Studies.

Though he is not an ordained Methodist minister, as the previous Lon Morris Presidents, Dr. McCall and his family are very active members of First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.  They have been members for over 20 years and are involved in the leadership of the church.  Dr. McCall gave children’s sermons in the primary worship service for many years.  He also served as President of the Wesley Foundation Board of Directors at Stephen F. Austin State University for many years and has been deeply involved in the life of the University and Community.  Dr. McCall indicated that “the position (at Lon Morris College) is a calling”; and he has been looking for just the type of environment Lon Morris College provides. 

Dr. Miles L. McCall is a member of the Texas Lyceum Association, the premier leadership organization for young Texas leaders under the age of 45 and was the Vice President of Communication, Vice President of the Journal, and is currently the President Elect.  Dr. McCall also served two terms as the President for the National Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity where he helped the organization re-focus on its founding principles of Christian beliefs. He is also the National Education Advisor and currently serves on the board.  Dr. McCall is a professional speaker, speaking to over 10,000 people per year and is the author of three books and numerous professional papers.

Dr. McCall, a native of La Porte Texas, is married to Jana Baker McCall and has a seventeen-year-old daughter, Mallory and a fifteen-year-old son, Mason.

Dr. McCall replaces the Dr. Clifford M. Lee who died unexpectedly on December 2, 2004.  Lon Morris College, founded in 1854, is affiliated with and supported by the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. 


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