Dr. Jamie Morgan, an attorney and educator, has been appointed director of public safety at Davis & Elkins College. His new duties will be added to his role as instructor of criminology.

As director of public safety, Morgan will provide the day-to-day supervision of the department, set short- and long-term departmental goals, ensure all required reporting is carried out in a timely manner, and guide and advise the staff on all matters related to the performance of their duties.

“We are pleased that Jamie has agreed to take on the role as director of public safety,” said D&E Vice President for Business and Administration Bob Hardman. “He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and ideas that will help lead the department to better meet the needs of our campus community.”

Since joining the D&E faculty full-time in early 2021, Morgan has taught introductory and upper level courses, led pre-law seminar classes, served as supervisor of the internship program for the Criminology Department, and is currently one of the co-chairs in the “Moving the Needle” initiative on campus.

A native of West Virginia and a first-generation college graduate, Morgan recently returned to the Mountain State after a successful and diverse career holding executive leadership positions in business, education and law in New York, Boston and Florida. Most recently, working as the executive director for Legends Group, Inc. in Deerfield Beach, Florida, he was instrumental in expanding operations and successfully developing and implementing a corporate branding initiative.

Previously, Morgan worked as an executive director providing advisory recommendations and supervising the development and implementation of various guidelines and procedures in matters involving complex litigation for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His additional legal experience involved working for Stephen M. Zukoff, Esq. of Miami, the civil attorney for the former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriego and other high-profile individuals. While under Zukoff’s employment, Morgan assisted in the preparations for the oral, appellate arguments before the Florida Supreme Court regarding cases related to the 2000 U.S. presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore involving the “hanging chads” and the subsequent recount lawsuits.

Morgan co-authored “The Herculean In-Camera Inspection of Documents,” a study of and procedural recommendations for managing strategic defense methods of large defendants in matters of complex litigation as they relate to discovery and the limits of resources within the court system. Subsequently, he presented it to the Women’s Law Association of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Additionally, Morgan authored numerous, advisory opinions and recommendations while in his advisory position for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Those opinions included the standards of admissibility for expert testimony in Florida as related to the Daubert and Frye standards and also for clarification of various types of claims of privilege in litigation under the Rules of Procedures in Florida.

Morgan earned a Juris Doctorate from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University.

Jamie Morgan

Jamie Morgan