Ed Morgan is the New Director for COA

by Monica Hoel

Ed Morgan has a new hat.

Across the years, Ed has worn many hats and in Southwest Virginia he may be best known for donning the mayor’s chapeau. Serving for years as the mayor of the town of Abingdon gave him notoriety and community stature that will follow him always. But in the past year, he has been convinced to try his hand at a new challenge: Director of the College for Older Adults sponsored by the SWVA Higher Education Center.

It’s a job Ramsey White did for 17 years, so he has big shoes to fill. But Ed is tackling the new role with the same energy and creativity he brought to the mayor’s office. He’s finding new ways to market the program, expanding class offerings, widening the circle of topics covered, and this semester he’s even bringing in an international speaker for a special event.

College for Older Adults (COA) is really aimed at anyone 50 years old and older, but Ed says he would welcome anyone who really wanted to participate. Lifelong learning is the best way to keep your brain active, and COA offers classes in the fall and spring that cover topics from physics to history to literature to science. All the instructors are volunteers, and class participants only pay $40 for a semester and they can take as many classes as they wish. And as Ed says, the best part is “There are no tests, no exams, it’s just learning for the sake of learning!”

He points out that it’s also a great opportunity to make important social connections. Ed notes that we all suffered a lot of isolation during the pandemic, and getting together with others is an important goal for a program he says can “educate, enlighten, and entertain.”

You can find the schedule for COA here, or email Ed at emorgan@swcenter.edu. And you can enjoy a conversation with Ed on the Duck Pond Wall podcast.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg" alt="Reedy, class of 78, speaks on campus." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/851_alumni-gary-reedy.rev.1507730801.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="666" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american">E&H Alumnus Gary Reedy Is CEO of American Cancer Society</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Gary M. Reedy serves as the chief executive officer of the <a title="American Cancer Society Homepage" href="http://www.cancer.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">American Cancer Society</a>, placing the 1978 Emory & Henry graduate atop one of the most influential non-profit organizations in the nation. <a href="/live/news/156-eamph-alumnus-gary-reedy-named-ceo-of-american" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2283-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-colton-williams-gets"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,927,1167/11065_IMG-0721.rev.1648510170.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,927,1167/11065_IMG-0721.rev.1648510170.JPG 2x"/> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,927,1167/11065_IMG-0721.rev.1648510170.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,927,1167/11065_IMG-0721.rev.1648510170.JPG 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,927,1167/11065_IMG-0721.rev.1648510170.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,927,1167/11065_IMG-0721.rev.1648510170.JPG 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,927,1167/11065_IMG-0721.rev.1648510170.JPG" alt="Jenny Poston Bishop E&H Class of 1993" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,927,1167/11065_IMG-0721.rev.1648510170.JPG 2x" data-max-w="927" data-max-h="1167" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2283-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-colton-williams-gets">E&H Mass Comm Student Story: Colton Williams gets the scoop on Jenny Poston Bishop’s luck</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><em>This is part of a series of stories by members of the 2022 E&H Mass Comm 302 Class. This story is by E&H Sophomore, Colton Williams.</em><br/><br/>Even though 1993 graduate Jenny Poston Bishop has won a ridiculously wide array of prizes, she says that there is more to it than just plain luck. <a href="/live/news/2283-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-colton-williams-gets" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,177,194/9360_samir_2.rev.1612295659.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,177,194/9360_samir_2.rev.1612295659.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,177,194/9360_samir_2.rev.1612295659.jpg" alt="Dr, Samir Saliba, Emory & Henry Faculty Emeritus" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="177" data-max-h="194" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba">Remembering Dr. Samir Saliba</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><strong>Dr. Samir N. Saliba<br/></strong>February 18, 1934 - November 25, 2020</p><a href="/live/news/1624-remembering-dr-samir-saliba" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2348-avery-smith-takes-a-big-step-in-his-opera-career"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg" alt="Avery Smith E&H Class of 2021" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1785" data-max-h="1786" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2348-avery-smith-takes-a-big-step-in-his-opera-career">Avery Smith Takes a Big Step in His Opera Career</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Avery Smith has been chosen for a world-class professional opera program that only accepted about 40 participants – from all over the world <a href="/live/news/2348-avery-smith-takes-a-big-step-in-his-opera-career" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>