Meet Heath E. Morrison

Dr. Heath E. Morrison is presently superintendent of Washoe County School District (Reno). The district is Nevada's second-largest with 63,000 students in 94 schools.

Dr. Morrison has set the district's five-year course with a strategic plan titled Envision WCSD 2015 – Investing in Our Future.

Under his leadership, the graduation rate has increased from 56 percent to 70 percent overall, with gains for all schools and all groups of students. Test scores have risen for two consecutive years, helping to narrow the achievement gap.

The district has also seen an increase in the number of students taking more rigorous courses such as Advanced Placement and algebra classes.

Before joining WCSD, Dr. Morrison was community superintendent for the Down County Consortium in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. He has also worked as a principal in Charles County, Maryland.

He was named superintendent of the year in 2011 by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and also by the Nevada Association of School Boards. He has completed the Broad Superintendent Academy (class of 2009). In 2012, he was named superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators.

He holds a doctorate in educational policy and planning and a master of educational administration from the University of Maryland. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in government from the College of William and Mary.