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Abilene Christian University announces new director of Lynay, Center for Building Community

Dr. Jason Morris is dean of the Honors College and director of the Office of Major Scholarships at ACU
Credit: ACU

ABILENE, Texas — Dr. Jason Morris has been named executive director of Abilene Christian University’s Center for Building Community and director of the Lynay program, ACU announced Friday in a press release.

Morris is dean of the Honors College and director of the Office of Major Scholarships at ACU and will continue to serve in those roles. The Center for Building Community and the Lynay program will be shifted organizationally to be aligned with the academic division of the university.

“Jason has served ACU for 25 years and brings a wealth of experiences, including as director of the federally funded McNair Scholars Program, a faculty member and two-time Fulbright Scholar,” provost Dr. Robert Rhodes said.

Morris holds a B.A. from Pepperdine University, an M.S. from ACU and an Ed.D. from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Gary McCaleb founded and led the Center for Building Community and the Lynay program for more than 20 years. After 57 years at ACU, he is retiring this year and will continue to provide a consulting role to the university. Brad Benham led the Lynay program for the past four years and recently took a new role with Hendrick Health.

“The combination of Jason’s experiences over the previous years makes him well prepared and ideally qualified  for this role,” McCaleb said. “The years ahead for the Center for Building Community, and specifically the 300 Lynay students, are in good hands.”