By Shirley Shuman
Chad Morrison recently received the Eberly College Outstanding Alumni Award in Sociology and Anthropology for his achievements relating to his field of study. . Morrison, CEO of Mountaineer Food Bank, graduated from West Virginia University with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and anthropology followed by master’s degrees in sociology and social research.
The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences established this recognition program to allow the College’s departments to acknowledge their alumni for the important contributions they are making in their professions. Morrison explained that the recipients for the awards are chosen “after being nominated by the chair of the department or a member of the nominating committee. Then the committee decides whether the nominee is worthy of the award.”
Morrison’s contributions and service are to his community and his cause. Since the Mountaineer Food Bank currently covers 48 of the 55 counties in the state, that community has grown greatly since he became CEO in 2015. As CEO, Morrison is responsible for overseeing the entire operation with 65 employees along with numerous volunteers and with seeing to the growth of the operation. Since he became CEO, the organization has grown almost 300 percent.
Optimistic about the operation and grateful for the service the MFB provides throughout the state, Morrison said he “loves his job.” He added, “It’s a wonderful mission and a great place to work, and it’s a critical mission right now.”
Accepting the Alumnus of the Year Award, Morrison noted, “It’s really important that we’re able to take those skills that we learned at WVU and use them to bring success back to communities in West Virginia.” As CEO of Mountaineer Food Bank, he has done that.