The Arizona State University (ASU) Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness has posthumously awarded its lifetime achievement award to the late Marvin Morrison of Gilbert, Ariz. Morrison passed away on Feb. 5, 2007.

The Phoenix East Valley farmer and his wife June endowed ASU including the school’s Morrison Institute to improve education, public knowledge, and the community. He also gave generously of his time to the university.

The ASU investment led to the development of two key programs - the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

The Morrisons gifted farm property in Gilbert to ASU in 1998 to help further the success of students in what then was called the School of Agribusiness and Resource Management. The gift led to the establishment of an endowed chair, and to sustain faculty and programs at the school. In recognition of the gift, ASU named the school after the Morrisons.

This spring, the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness will award the Marvin and June Morrison Chair in Agribusiness and Resource Management to a national agribusiness scholar. In addition, the Marvin and June Morrison Scholarship will be awarded to agribusiness majors.

“Marvin Morrison was successful in business and built the largest dairy operation

and the largest beef cattle herd in Arizona,” said ASU dean Paul Patterson. Morrison was also a cotton grower.

“Marvin thought green before conservation as sustainable agriculture was popular with innovations such as creating better cows and cattle with novel breeds and techniques, improving milking methods, herd management and creature comfort, and harvesting energy from the first methane recovery system for cow manure in Arizona,” Patterson said.

Morrison was twice named Man of the Year in Arizona agriculture and held the National Partner in 4-H Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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