As vice president for community colleges, John Morton is responsible for executive leadership, policy decision-making, resource allocation and development of support services for the University of Hawaiʻi’s seven community colleges.
At the University of Hawaiʻi where he began in 1970, Morton previously served as chancellor at Kapiʻolani Community College for 20 years. As chancellor he directed the development of a new campus on Diamond Head and a rapidly increasing student population. He started his UH career at Leeward Community College as a faculty member in chemistry and political science, and was dean of instruction, coordinator for advanced institutional development program and director for special programs and community services.
In January 2002, Morton became project coordinator, overseeing the planning, development and implementation of the first unified student information system for the University of Hawaiʻi System and he continues to oversee this project.
Active nationally and regionally, he serves as a member of the board for Community Colleges for International Development and RC 2020 (Renewal and Change).
Locally, Morton is active in community affairs and serves on numerous boards including: the Hawaiʻi Health Information Corporation, Assets School, Pacific Asian Affairs Council and the Chamber of Commerce. Through an appointment by the governor, Morton also serves on the Board of Directors of the High Technology Development Corporation.
Morton earned a BS in chemistry and MA in political science from the University of Illinois and a PhD in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.