Allen Morgan is in his sixth year as Carson-Newman's Vice President for Athletics. He was named to the position on March 12, 2012, and officially began his duties May 1, 2012.
Under Morgan's tenure, academics have received a renewed focus through the formation of the Eagle Scholars program. After an initial class of 72 student athletes with a GPA of 3.25 or higher in 2013, membership in the program has grown to an unprecedented 206 athletes. That tally included 66 individuals who attained a GPA of at least 3.75 and were presented with Gold Scholar status.
In his first five years at Carson-Newman, Morgan has overseen facility upgrades to the vast majority of athletic complexes on campus. Locker room facilities have been upgraded for the basketball programs, the soccer programs, the volleyball program, the golf teams and the baseball and softball teams. Arguably, these facility upgrades make the quality of Carson-Newman's on-campus athletic venues on par with the top schools in the Southeast Region.
On the field, Carson-Newman has seen 24 trips to NCAA tournament play among its teams and another 15 student athletes qualify for championship play as individuals. That includes a pair of NCAA National Finalists for the men's and women's soccer programs.
Year four on the job for Morgan resulted unprecedented success on the field of competition. Carson-Newman was the only program in the country to send its volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer and football teams to NCAA postseason play. On top of that, the Eagles' had their highest ever finish in the Learfield Director's Cup standings.
Morgan replaced David Barger, now Athletics Director Emeritus, who spent 32 years at Carson-Newman and is in both the Carson-Newman and South Atlantic Conference Halls of Fame.
A 1968 C-N alumnus and former trustee, Morgan retired from a long career in education, culminating in his service as superintendent of Knox County Schools from 1992-98. The system’s last elected superintendent (1992), he oversaw its transition to an appointed position when the Board of Education hired him to continue the job in 1996. He oversaw more than 50,000 students and some 7,000 employees at 91 schools, and was selected Superintendent of the Year in 1997 by Tennessee’s State PTA.
Morgan’s 22 years of public school administration included three years as assistant principal of Karns High School and 13 years as principal of Powell High School. His commitment to professional excellence and student growth led Powell to be the first Knox County School named “BEST” by the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce; it was one of just four Tennessee high schools to be named a finalist in the National Schools Recognition Program (1990-91). Beyond academic excellence, he led PHS through an extensive renovation program during his tenure.
Upon his retirement from Knox County, the 1964 Carter High School graduate joined Clayton Homes as president of CMH Parks, its communities and subdivision group. In that capacity for a decade, he directed the efforts of almost 300 employees and led the development of some 22,000 homes in communities across the country.
Morgan entered C-N in the fall of 1964 as a freshman baseball player and was part of the team that won the 1965 NAIA National Championship, the institution’s first athletic national title.
C-N’s AD is married to Phyllis Mitchell Morgan, who retired after 30 years as an elementary school teacher. The Morgans are active members of Knoxville’s Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. Their son Chris is a 1997 grad of Carson-Newman. He is married to Melanie and together the couple has a daughter, Collins.