Robert Morrison graduated from HPU in 1982 with a degree in physical education and minor in social studies. While at HPU, he was involved with Jackets for Jesus and Ebony Imani and was captain of the Yellow Jacket football team. He went on to sign a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks before sustaining a career-ending injury. Morrison went on to earn a Master of Education degree from Tarleton State University in1987 and principal certification and Master of Education degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University in 1998. His career in education includes teaching, coaching and administrative positions at several Texas high schools. He began his career as teacher and coach at Bangs High School before becoming a teacher and coach at Westfield High School in Spring, Texas. He then served as assistant and associate principal at Spring High School; assistant and associate principal at Montgomery High School; and principal at Sweeny High School. He eventually retired in June of 2018 as an administrator in the Abilene Independent School District. Morrison’s professional affiliations include memberships in the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (also past president), the Texas Association of AfricanAmerican Principals, the Legislative Committee, the Texas Assistant Principal’s Committee, the Texas Assistant Principal’s Legislative Committee, and the Texas High School Coaches Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He has received numerous honors including Teacher of the Year for Bangs High School and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Assistant Principal of the Year for Region 6 in 2012-2013. Now serving as a member of the Howard Payne University Board of Trustees since January of 2018, Morrison has been actively involved with the African American Alumni Association Chapter for many years. He has served on the Alumni Association Board, spoken at the 2018 HPU National Student-Athlete Day Luncheon and was the 2019 HPU Commencement Speaker. Robert Morrison says Howard Payne provided him with a faith-based education, lifetime friends and connections and he has truly given of his Time, Treasures and Talents to Howard Payne University. In spring of 2019, HPU athletics recognized Robert Morrison as the 2019 HPU SportsAlumni of the Year.