My name is Bob Morrison and I am running for reelection to the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education.
My family and I have lived in Warren Township since February of 2002. My wife is a teacher in a nearby school district. Both of our children have attended Warren Township Schools. My oldest graduated Watchung Hills Regional High School in 2013 and graduated from Ithaca College in 2017. My son graduated in 2017 and is in his junior year attending West Chester University.
I am currently the CEO of Quadrant Research – a national educational data management and analytics company and the Director for Arts Ed NJ – the statewide arts education advocacy organization.
What I Have Done
For the past six years, I have had the privilege of representing Warren Township on the WHRHS Board of Education where I have served on the Education (currently as chair), Strategic Planning, Operations and Personnel Committees, chaired the Policy Committee and most recently served as Vice President and then President of the Board. During my tenure, we have brought forward several important improvements to the district. These include: the development of the district’s first-ever strategic plan, creation of Expected Schoolwide Learning Results, completion of the referendum funded projects for replacing the aging heating system and roofing (on schedule and on budget), upgrades in technology including 1 to 1 Chromebooks, expansion and diversification of elective offerings to allow students to find their passion, replacement of the turf field through the acquisition of significant state funding, and supported returning funds to taxpayers from increased state education aid. I been chosen by my peers as the President of the Somerset County Schools Boards Association and have been appointed to the board of directors for the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). Most recently, I was recognized by the NJSBA with their highest honor… Certified Board Leader one of only a handful of the more than 5,000 New Jersey school board members to achieve this distinction.
In addition to my service on the WHRHS Board of Education, I have been active in our community for nearly twenty years including many years as a volunteer coach with Warren Baseball Softball, Inc. for both the recreational and travel baseball teams. During Hurricane Sandy, I helped organize and serve as an administrator of the Warren Township Community Forum on Facebook. As a result of our work with the forum after Superstorm Sandy, I volunteered to serve as co-chair of the Warren Township Utility Advisory Committee where I led a community-wide review of the town’s electrical infrastructure, a project that earned the Sustainable New Jersey Creativity and Innovation Award.
I have a long and successful history in business, philanthropy and education.
Visit my LinkedIn profile for my complete professional background regarding the businesses I have successfully created, built and led as well as the significant recognition and honors my work has received.
I have served on many non-profit, for-profit, and higher education boards. I have personally started several successful non-profits dedicated to education, music, and the arts. These experiences have provided me direct experience with the proper role and function of board governance overseeing complex organizations.
For more than 30 years, my professional career has required my direct involvement with educational policy issues. This has included working with education officials in the administrations of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Much of my work has centered on issues related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as America 2000, Goals 2000, No Child Left Behind and now the Every Student Succeeds Act know as ESSA). I have also worked with the Departments of Education in more than a dozen states, including New Jersey and have provided policy guidance to several Governors and a presidential campaign. I served on the New Jersey Department of Education’s ESSA stakeholder taskforce to develop implementation plans for the new federal education legislation and have worked with every New Jersey commissioner of education since 2005. In 2016, I was recognized with the Governor’s Award in Arts Education for my service to the state of New Jersey.
Issues involving accountability, evaluations, student achievement, funding and the tension between a culture of testing versus the need for a well-rounded education are not just buzzwords to me. These are areas where I have spent a great deal of time and energy learning the issues to make informed decisions. I have called on this experience for my service to the community.
All of these experiences, combined with my dedication to our community, allowed me to become an effective advocate on the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education for the citizens of our township. This is a demonstration of my keeping my promise to represent the interests of our community and our students.
I believe my record of service speaks for itself.
Please Vote Bob Morrison on November 5th!