Dr. Sam Morgan served his country honorably for twenty-one years in the U.S. military in both the enlisted and officer ranks, retiring as a Major in 2006. It was during his time in uniform that Sam transformed the art of leadership which allowed him to lead men and women in diverse and fluid working environments. Sam served in distinguished military units such as U.S. Special Forces where he was a Special Forces Engineer (Green Beret) and in the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion as a Long-Range Surveillance Company Platoon Leader, Assistant Operations Officer, and Executive Officer. Sam commanded a 200-man Infantry Company at Fort Benning, GA where he exemplified leadership, training, management, and tactical competency. In 2000 following his company command, Sam was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas as a Captain’s Career Course Small Group Instructor. In that position, he was responsible for training and educating future company commanders for dynamic leadership assignments worldwide.
He successfully graduated from some of the Army’s most rigorous and demanding leadership schools: Ranger School, Special Forces Assessment and Selection, Special Forces Qualification Course, Jumpmaster Course, Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
Sam's passion for education continued in the civilian sector as a graduate school adjunct professor and the Academic Director of Webster University’s Fort Bliss satellite campus. He taught organizational behavior, management and strategy, managerial and organizational leadership, and integrated studies in management. As a University Director, Sam was responsible for ensuring students received a high-quality learning experience that helped them transform into global citizens while they strived for individual excellence. Sam's private sector experiences as a small business owner provide an excellent foundation for leading. Sam has also served in the capacity of Special Investigator for the Office of Personnel Management, Investigative Service Division and is a graduate of the FBI Citizens' Academy.
Sam is the author of the book “Cracking the Nut on Leadership: A Way.” Collectively, Sam obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management, Master of Arts degree in Management, and a Doctorate in Business Administration.
Sam has received notable recognition for his commitment to community:
- 2013 "Extraordinary Minority in Business” Award from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
- 2013 “Salute Award” for outstanding service in the community from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- 2012 & 2013 “Founder’s Day” Award for selfless community service from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
- 2005 “Outstanding MPA Faculty Contribution Award” for selfless contribution to the promotion of UTEP’s Leadership Studies Program.
Sam is a member of local and national veteran organizations: Special Forces Association Chapter IX (Isaac Camacho Chapter), Benavidez-Patterson "All Airborne" Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc., American G.I. Forum, Veterans at Breakfast, and the Military Order of the World Wars, El Paso Chapter.