CCMA SAGE Member Awarded for Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Maurice Taylor, Vice President for Academic Outreach and Engagement at Morgan State University and member of Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s Senior Advisory Group for Engagement (SAGE) received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the HBCU Awards ceremony in Baltimore at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on August 2, 2019.
As Vice President, Dr. Taylor is responsible for providing leadership for the Office of Morgan Online, the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, the Office of Community Service and the Upward Bound Programs.
Dr. Taylor has been one of the most influential leaders of CCMA’s network by serving on the Steering Committee for our Senior Advisory Group for Engagement (SAGE). His behind-the-scenes work influenced the strategic direction and impact for our programs. College students, institutions, and communities throughout our region have been positively impacted by his leadership and service.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Taylor acknowledged that a lifetime achievement award is not possible without the community that helps that professional. “I would say that it also takes a village to raise a professional. It takes mentoring from those who have trod the path that precedes the walk of the professional; to serve as a guide post; a kind of lighthouse. It takes also colleagues to accompany the professional along the path; to encourage, to chastise, to serve as a standard of excellence. Yes, and in the professional’s village must be lovers and friends who will nurture, care and support the professional’s goals and aspirations. And perhaps most importantly, it takes the entire village to keep to the professional humble and focused on service rather than self.”
Dr. Taylor chaired the University’s Steering Committee and served as the principal author of the successful Middle States Commission of Higher Education 2018 Self-Study and Evaluation Team Visit. He is Morgan’s liaison to the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Segmental Advisory Council (SAC).
Dr. Taylor is Immediate Past-Chair of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Board of Directors, and chairs the Prince George’s County Financial Advisory Committee responsible for the oversight of the County’s $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund.
As Graduate Dean, Dr. Taylor also led several national organizations including serving as Chair of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Board, President of the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS), and Secretary of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). Dr. Taylor is Trustee Emeritus of Juniata College’s Board of Trustees, having been a member for 21 years.
Dr. Taylor received a bachelor’s (BA) degree in Sociology from Juniata College, where in 2018 he received an honorary doctorate and gave the commencement address. He earned both the master’s (MA) and doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and a law degree (JD) from Duke University. He practiced labor law in the law firm of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander and served six years as Chair of the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission. He has published widely including an Introduction to Sociology textbook, numerous articles in professional journals, and chapters in a variety of other texts.
Dr. Taylor grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Cardinal Gibbons School He played football in high school and at Juniata. At Juniata, he was a co-captain of the football team and he earned Academic All-American honors and an NCAA scholarship to graduate school.