Associate Professor of Education Dr. Harold Griffin is the recipient of the 2017 distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Mount Olive (UMO). The award is given in appreciation to a full time faculty member who exemplifies devotion above and beyond the classroom. Students nominate faculty members. The nominations are then considered by a faculty committee which makes the final selection.
One student commented, “Dr. Griffin impacts us by modeling how we should be as future educators.”
Another student said, “Dr. Griffin gets us excited about special education through his passion and learning experiences. He goes out of his way to make sure each student succeeds.”
Griffin received his bachelor of arts degree from Wake Forest University, his MA from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas – Austin. He has been employed full time with UMO since August of 2014.
Benefactor of the Morris Award is Dr. Thomas R. Morris, a long-time friend and generous supporter of the University of Mount Olive. Dr. Morris is a native of the Nahunta area of Wayne County where he and his family were active members of Union Grove OFWB Church. With the vision of an education, he worked his way through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from medical school, he was an optometrist and civic leader in Goldsboro until his retirement. He now resides in Wilmington.