John G. Morgan, Chancellor
John Morgan joined the Tennessee Board of Regents as chancellor on Sept. 30, 2010, after leaving Governor Phil Bredesen’s staff as Deputy to the Governor and having served the State of Tennessee in a variety of roles for more than 30 years, including a 10-year stint as Comptroller of the Treasury.
In his role as Deputy to the Governor, Morgan served as chief of staff and advisor to Governor Bredesen on statewide issues, including education. He played a significant role in the development and subsequent adoption of the Complete College Tennessee Act and the First to the Top Act in the historic January 2010 special legislative session.
He helped organize the Governor’s working group of state higher education policy decision makers that led to the development of the state’s new postsecondary completion agenda. It was during his time in the Governor’s office that Morgan began serving as liaison for Tennessee’s participation in Complete College America, a responsibility he continues to espouse.
His public service career dates back to 1976 when he entered state government as a research assistant for the Legislative Fiscal Review Committee. He served the Department of Finance and Administration as research assistant from1978 to 1980, and the State Treasurer from 1980 to 1982 as an administrative assistant.
In 1982 he began working in the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury as assistant director of Bond Finance, and in 1983 as director of Bond Finance. In 1987 he served as assistant to the Comptroller, as well as Director of Bond Finance. In October 1987 Morgan briefly left state government to become vice president and director of public finance for Third National Bank in Nashville.
In February of 1989 Morgan returned to state government as executive assistant to the Comptroller of the Treasury, and in January 1999 was elected Comptroller of the Treasury by the Tennessee General Assembly. He was re-elected to the position in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. In January 2009, he was appointed to the position of Deputy to the Governor and served in that position until his appointment as Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Morgan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and history from Austin Peay State University. He is a member of the American Society of Public Administration and former member of the Association of Government Accountants.