Rebecca Quinn Morgan of Los Altos Hills, Calif., has been elected to the Cornell University Board of Trustees as a trustee at-large for a four-year term, effective July 1, 1998.
Morgan, who received a B.S. (Human Ecology '60) at Cornell and a MBA ('78) at Stanford University, has been president and chief executive officer of the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a non-profit organization of business, government and education leaders working to improve the economic competitiveness and quality of life in Silicon Valley, since 1993. She was a California state senator from 1984 to 1993 as a Republican representative of the 11th District.
Morgan is a director of Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. and a former trustee (1993-97) of Stanford University. As a state senator, Morgan was a member of the standing committees on Education, Budget and Fiscal Review, Transportation, Energy and Public Utilities, and Revenue and Taxation. Previously, she was county supervisor for the county of Santa Clara, Calif., assistant vice president of the Bank of America in Sunnyvale, Calif., and a teacher. She also is a past president and trustee of the Palo Alto Board of Education.
A founding member of the President's Council of Cornell Women, Morgan served on its Leadership and Role Models for Alumnae Committee. She also was a member of the Cornell College of Human Ecology Campaign Committee. In 1991, she received the Dean's Award for Public Service in Human Ecology. She and her husband, James C. Morgan (Cornell '62, MBA '63), have been named "foremost benefactors" of the college.
Morgan's other past or present board memberships and volunteer work include: the board of directors of California Leadership in Sacramento; the advisory board (1983-97) of the Palo Alto YWCA; Palo Alto Adolescent Services (1975-); the Public Service Center of Stanford; the Advisory Council of Stanford Business School; and the California Elected Women's Association. She was named California School Board Association's Legislator of the Year in 1987 and Santa Clara County's Woman of Achievement in 1983. Morgan and husband received the Community Service Award for Exemplary Leadership from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Silicon Valley chapter, in 1995.