John Morris
John Morris
Auburn, Alabama

President Auburn University Foundation
President Auburn University Real Estate Foundation

John Morris was named Senior Vice President for Advancement for Auburn University in 2021. Morris has been tasked with bringing together the Office of Alumni Affairs, Development, and Communications and Marketing, to an advancement model.

Under Morris’ leadership, fundraising commitments to the KSU Foundation grew by more than 60%, and its recent development campaign surpassed its $1.4 billion goal ahead of schedule by $200 million. At the same time, the number of annual $1 million gifts grew from 21 to more than 40, increasing the total funding raised by more than 40%.

Morris began his higher education career at Benedictine University as assistant director of athletics for advancement and later as the institution’s associate vice president for advancement. He then held positions of increasing responsibility and authority at the University of Minnesota Foundation before joining the KSU Foundation. Morris received a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a master’s degree from Illinois State University. He and his wife Kerry have four children.