Swansea University honours long-standing council member

Howard Morgan

Swansea University has presented an honorary degree to one of its longest-standing members, Mr Howard Morgan.

Mr Morgan received the award today (9 January 2018) during the ceremony for the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. 

Howard Morgan was born in Three Crosses, Swansea.  He was an Independent member of the Gower Council and Swansea City Councils from 1970 until 2004, when he did not seek re-election. During that time he chaired many committees including the Arts and Recreation Committee from 1975 to 1980 and he served as a Governor of several Schools in his North Gower constituency.

He was appointed a Magistrate in 1975 and became Chairman of the Bench in 2004 having previously chaired the West Glamorgan Probation Committee and the West Glamorgan Magistrates Association of which he is now a Life Vice President.

He was Lord Mayor of Swansea in 1988/89 and was made an Honorary Alderman of the City and County of Swansea in 2005.

He has an association with Swansea University that stretches back 42 years.  It was 1975 when he attended his first meeting of the University College of Swansea Court and a few years later he was elected a member of the Council.  He has been a member of Court since that date and a member of Council until December 2015 when he was appointed an Honorary Governor.  During his time at the University he has developed a special affinity for the work of the Students’ Union and he was elected Trustee in 2009, a position he still holds.  He also chairs the Swansea University Pension Fund Trustees, the Investment Panel and the Animal Welfare and Ethic Review Committee as well as sitting on other Committees.

He was a founding member and sometime Chairman of the Gower Festival.  He was also Chairman of the Swansea Festival of Music and Arts from 1995 to 2004 and continues to sit on its Executive Board.

Currently he is a Vice President of the Dunvant Choir, a Life President of the Gower Agricultural Society, a Vice President of the Glamorgan Young Farmers’ Club and an Executive member of the Gower Commoners’ Association.

From 1994 until 2004 he served as a member of the South Wales Police Authority.

For almost 30 years he was a General Commissioner of the Inland Revenue. He is President of the Swansea and West Glamorgan NSPCC.

Other positions held included membership of the Wales Independent Broadcasting Association, the Art Panel of the Welsh Arts Council and a term as Governor of the Welsh National Opera.

Howard Morgan is a Director of a family farming and property business now in its fifth generation of family ownership.

On receiving his award, Mr Morgan said: “I have been associated with Swansea University for over 42 years. It was on 28 November 1975 that I attended my first meeting of the University College of Swansea Court and a few years later I was elected a member of the Council. I have been a member of Court since that date and a member of Council until December 2015 when I was appointed an Honorary Governor. I continue to serve as Chairman of several university committees.

During this time I have developed a special affinity for the work of the Students’ Union and was delighted to be elected as a Trustee in 2009 and I continue in that role. I am excited to see the growth of the student facilities each year and am impressed that there are now over 120 clubs and societies on campus.

Being part of the discussion groups that led to the development of the Bay Campus was the most satisfying feature of the last few years. I am proud to have had some small involvement in seeing Swansea University into the 21st century; making it Welsh University 2017 and seeing it achieve worldwide recognition as a centre for research and teaching excellence.

The Bay Campus has complemented the upgrading and expansion of the Singleton site and these developments have made Swansea University the world-renowned university that it now is.

In 1975 I little thought that my association with the university would continue into the 21st century but I am delighted that it has. I have been so proud to have been part of this process of transformation and have enjoyed nearly every part of this journey.  I look forward to some more exciting years ahead.”