portrait of Darrell Morrison

Darrell Morrison

April 26, 2019—Darrell R. Morrison, associate vice chancellor for finance at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, has been named vice president for financial planning and administration at Missouri Western State University. Morrison will start his new position June 3.

“Darrell Morrison’s wealth of experience in managing public university finances and administration will be a tremendous asset to our administrative team,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “I believe he will provide outstanding leadership to the Division of Financial Planning and Administration and wise counsel to the President’s Cabinet and the Board of Governors on financial matters.”

“I am excited to be coming to Missouri Western and the St. Joseph area,” Morrison said. “I appreciate the confidence that Dr. Vartabedian, the Board of Governors and the search committee have placed in me and am anxious to hit the ground running. I look forward to working with the Board and my campus colleagues as we move ahead under the direction of our new president, Matt Wilson.”

Prior to his current position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Morrison served as the vice president for business affairs at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and as the vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He has also held several administrative positions at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas, including controller, associate vice president for finance/director of financial services and vice president for finance.

Morrison holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Henderson State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

As vice president for financial planning, Morrison will be Missouri Western’s chief financial officer reporting directly to Dr. Vartabedian. He will oversee accounting services, business office, human resources, information technology, physical plant, police department, purchasing, risk management and contracts for the bookstore and food services.

Morrison succeeds Dr. Cale Fessler, who left Missouri Western in February to accept the position of associate vice chancellor of budget and financial planning at the University of Arkansas.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.