Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives

Jim W. Morrison

Jim Morrison was named associate provost for strategic initiatives in 2019. In this capacity, he leads major cross-college initiatives, including efforts to advance ND Health, data science and analytics, lifelong learning, and components of iNDustry Labs and the regional LIFT Innovation Network. He also directs and coordinates the Deans’ Collaborative Initiative program, cross-college academic planning committees, and external academic partnerships while acting as the liaison between the Development Office and the Office of the Provost.

Morrison’s appointment as associate provost represented an expansion of his duties as assistant provost for strategic initiatives. During his two years in that role, he worked closely with senior academic leaders to develop and launch the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate, IDEA Center, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, and Inspired Leadership Initiative, among other University-wide academic initiatives.

Prior to his appointment as assistant provost, Morrison served as senior director of academic advancement at Notre Dame. Heading up the Department of Development’s college-based academic advancement team, he collaborated with University leadership to further critical academic priorities and multidisciplinary opportunities.

Morrison has been at Notre Dame since 2013, when he joined the Office of the Provost as senior advisor to the provost. In addition, he has been executive assistant to the chancellor at the University of Tennessee, director of strategic planning at the University of Mississippi, and a management consultant with Huron Consulting in its higher education and health care practice.

A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Morrison holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the Teachers College at Columbia University and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Georgia. His dissertation explored how universities utilize fund balances to facilitate strategic behavior and absorb environmental variation.