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J.P. Morgan named assistant dean for graduate studies and strategic initiatives in the College of Science


J.P. Morgan, the new assistant dean for graduate studies and strategic initiatives in the College of Science J.P. Morgan

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 30, 2013 – J.P. Morgan, professor of statistics, has been appointed to assistant dean for graduate studies and strategic initiatives in the College of Science at Virginia Tech.

As the assistant dean for graduate studies and strategic initiatives, Morgan will be responsible for managing graduate studies administration in the college, coordinating departmental reviews, spearheading faculty development initiatives, meeting with prospective faculty, and assisting the dean of curriculum and instruction with graduate-level course proposals.

Morgan, of Bedford, Va., has been a faculty member in the Department of Statistics since his arrival at Virginia Tech in 2000. 

Currently, he is the associate editor of The American Statistician, and past associate editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association and of the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference. 

Prior to his arrival at Virginia Tech, Morgan was a professor at Old Dominion University. He has twice been a visiting fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences; a visiting researcher at the College of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London; and a visiting researcher in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Goldsmith’s College, University of London. 

He is a member of the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications, and has been a three-time president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Statistical Association. He has more than 60 published articles and has presented more than 50 papers at professional meetings.  

Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from Roanoke College and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach.