Dr. W.E. Morgan Morrow has been named the 2012 recipient of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ Meritorious Service Award. Morrow is a professor in the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at N.C. State University. He was honored March 12 at the AASV’s 43rd annual meeting in Denver, Colo. The award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to the AASV.
Morrow is credited by the AASV for initiating, overseeing and expanding the association’s membership benefits more than any other single individual. Dave Brown, AASV webmaster said, “Morgan was very likely the first member to try to log-in to the members-only area of the very new AASV Web site in 1997. In addition, he served as one of the primary moderators for the SWINE-L discussion list that preceded the AASV-L members-only list (which he was also instrumental in establishing).”
“It is truly an honor to receive this award,” said Morrow. “I have always enjoyed working in the communications area and am particularly pleased to see the way the podcast program has been embraced by the veterinary students. This competitive program enables students to interview speakers at our annual conference on the topic of their presentations. This program gives students an opportunity to develop a working relationship with the speaker and by researching the issues they better understand the topics. AASV members benefit by being able to listen to the interview as they drive from farm to farm.”
Morrow served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Swine Health and Production, beginning in 1993, the first year of the journal’s existence. He was chair of the board’s communications committee from 1998 until 2010, and many of his contributions to the AASV are a result of his dedicated leadership of the committee.
From 1997 through 2002, Morrow facilitated a number of workshops on communications topics at the AASV annual meeting, designed to enhance members’ interpersonal communication and negotiation skills.
In 2000, he oversaw a proposal to enhance and expand the AASV website. After receiving approval for this project from the board of directors, he worked closely with webmaster Dave Brown to implement several new Web-based benefits for AASV members including the weekly e-Letter.
Morrow studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, Australia. Following graduation, he joined the Commonwealth Government Department of Primary Industry. He subsequently went to work for PIC Australia, which ultimately resulted in a move to Franklin, Ky. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Minnesota.