Arlene Morgan named dean’s special assistant on external affairs

Arlene Notoro Morgan, a highly respected journalist and educator who has championed diversity in news employment and content, is joining Temple University’s School of Media and Communication for the coming year.

Arlene Morgan
Arlene Morgan

Morgan, a former Philadelphia Inquirer editor who most recently was associate dean at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, will be a visiting professor in the Department of Journalism and will serve as a special assistant to Dean David Boardman on external affairs. In that role, her focus will be on engaging the school’s external stakeholders — alumni, employers, donors, foundations and community groups — to better serve students and help achieve the school’s aspirations.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Arlene’s talents and experience join our team,” Boardman said. “Her passion for public service, for diversity, for educational excellence and for Temple will help lift our school to the next level.”

Morgan, who graduated from Temple in 1967 with a degree in journalism, returns to North Broad Street after retiring as associate dean for prizes and programs at the Columbia School of Journalism. She started her career at The Temple News, serving in 1966 as its seventh woman editor.

“I look forward to working with David Boardman and the entire faculty and staff of SMC,” Morgan said. “As someone who has volunteered as a member of the school’s Board of Visitors, I have watched the school grow to become an entrepreneurial institution. It is a dynamic part of media and communication in the Philadelphia region and has the capability to be a leader in these industries nationally.”

Morgan joined the Columbia staff in 2000 after a 31-year career as reporter, editor, senior recruiter and readership editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer. At the Inquirer, she was recognized in 1995 for her work in diversity with the first Knight Ridder Newspaper Award for Excellence in Diversity.

Morgan serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Reporting, the Health and Science Board of WHYY, the Kaiser Health News Service, the School of Journalism at SUNY’s Stony Brook campus and at the Louisiana State University Manship School of Communications.

While at Columbia, Morgan started the project-oriented Punch Sulzberger News Media Executive Leadership program through a $4 million gift from the Sulzberger sisters to honor their late brother’s work at The New York Times. She was also the founding director of the Spencer Fellowships for Education Reporting, a program that has led to the publication of nine books and two National Public Radio series on critical education issues. Morgan was also responsible for bringing the Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma to the school after its initial start at the University of Washington.

Morgan, now a resident of Cherry Hill, N.J., has been married for 43 years to David J. Morgan. She is the mother of two daughters, Elizabeth Crafton and Lauren Morgan Perfetto. Lauren has followed in her mother’s journalism footsteps, working at the New York Daily News as the web photo editor for arts, entertainment and culture.