About Heath Morrison
Heath Morrison, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the former President of the McGraw-Hill School Group, as well as a former educator and superintendent. He has amassed over 30 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and leader within both the private and public sectors.
Heath began his career in the private sector of education when he started working as the Senior Vice President of Educational Policy and Government Affairs at McGraw-Hill in 2015. There, he led a team in the development and execution of education policy by establishing and fostering relationships with associations, organizations, legislations, trade industry groups, and educational leaders in K-12, higher ed, and international. Heath was then promoted to the Chief Sales Officer of the McGraw-Hill School Group, and later to the President of the division.
Prior to working at McGraw-Hill, Heath Morrison led a successful career in public education. He began his career as a middle school social studies teacher in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He consistently chose to go to schools that were underachieving and with the majority of students who were impacted by many socio-economic challenges.
His colleagues saw his dedication to his students and their education, and they began pushing him towards a career in school administration. In 1994, he heeded their advice and accepted the position of Vice Principal at Westlake High School after obtaining his Masters of Science in Education. He later went on to receive his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Heath Morrison went on to serve as Principal at two high schools within Waldorf, Maryland. His leadership Thomas Stone High School yielded a 39% increase in the number of students graduating and having taken at least one AP course. This result helped earn him the title of Maryland Principal of the Year in 2006. Following his success as Principal, Heath became a Director of School Performance in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2006, he was appointed to the position of Community Superintendent, where he supervised 34 schools serving 23,000 students in a 142,000-student district.
He was actively recruited across the country, and became the Superintendent of the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada, in 2009. His work on raising student achievement and graduation rates would go on to earn him the title of 2011 Nevada Superintendent of the Year and 2012 National Superintendent of the Year, the youngest in both age and tenure to receive this distinction.
Whether serving in the public or private sectors of education, Heath has remained steadfast in his belief that supported teachers produce the most empowered and educated students. In all of his various positions throughout his career, he has prioritized investing in teachers and fellow educators for the betterment of learning.
To learn more about Heath Morrison and his experience in government policy and affairs as it pertains to education and superintendent leadership, please visit his blog.