Dr. Richard N. Morrison is an attorney, a partner in several family-owned agricultural enterprises, and a trustee of several non-profit corporations and trusts.
Richard graduated with a business degree from Northern Arizona University in 1970, and he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1977 from the University of Houston. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary (1991), and the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Arizona (2011).
Richard is a co-founder of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, where he now serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board, and he has served on the boards of organizations as diverse as the Arizona Town Hall,
The Institute for Servant Leadership, Desert Botanical Gardens, Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Commission of Excellence for Maricopa Community Colleges, the East Valley Partnership, and Maricopa County Farm Bureau. He has served on the boards of the National Advisory Council on Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Foundation in Chicago, IL, the Maricopa County Pollution Control Corporation, and the American Agricultural Law Association.
Richard has also taught water resources management and agricultural law at the ASU’s Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management.
Richard’s honorary degree was conferred for his contributions to natural resources leadership, resolution of Indian water rights claims, and infusion of ethical considerations into the management and conservation of natural resources . As an attorney for irrigation districts, he has been part of the team developing settlement outcomes that have been considered fair and equitable. This experience led him to further consider ethical matters relating to natural resource dispute resolution, which was a focal point of his post-graduate work and in his later writings. He was recently a featured speaker at ASU in its Sustainability Series, where he addressed the topic of Ethics and Sustainable Practices.