Howard Morgan ’84 has been named vice chair of the Parkinson’s Foundation (PF), a new organization focused on research, care, education and advocacy. It formed through a merger of two nonprofit organizations: the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF). Morgan will initially serve in this role for two years, until he succeeds John Kozyak, the former chair of NPF, as board chair.
In a recent press release, Morgan called the creation of PF a “historic moment” for those affected with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones, as a rare nonprofit merger such as this “provides a unique opportunity to blend our strengths, resources and rich histories to better serve the Parkinson’s community.”
Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, impacts over 10 million people worldwide who need not only better treatments but also a cure.
Morgan continued, “As we come together as a newer, stronger organization—one with a $20 million dollar budget, more than 90 employees and a talented team of researchers, health professionals, patient advocates and volunteers around the U.S. and the world—we do so with a redoubled commitment toward our shared goal: creating a world without Parkinson’s disease.”
Morgan’s new position as vice chair should come as no surprise—he has had extensive experience serving on more than a dozen corporate boards, and prior to the merger he was chair of the PDF board of directors. He is currently a director of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, the Alexander Hamilton Institute and the World Press Institute.
With a clear vision for the future, Morgan is certain that this step forward in the fight against Parkinson’s is “just the beginning.” Nevertheless, he added, “We are also very focused on the present. While we do not anticipate any changes to our exceptional programs—from our Centers of Excellence and individual and collaborative research and training programs around the world to our helpline services and education and advocacy programs in communities across the country—we embrace the opportunity of integrating the two organizations as an occasion for renewed commitment.”
At Hamilton, Morgan played on the men’s rugby team and was a member of the fraternity Alpha Delta Phi. Morgan majored in mathematics and government before earning his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.