Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
Carlson School of Management, February 8, 2007
John M. Morrison attended the University of Minnesota for a significant part of his education, and later earned a J.D. from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. He is the former chairman and CEO of the Central Bank Group, Golden Valley, and former CEO of its parent company, Central Bancshares of Stillwater, Minnesota, which he founded in 1988. He has owned approximately 100 businesses - from banks and manufacturing companies to hospitals. In 1995, he was selected to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center and chairman of its finance committee. The next year, he was elected by the Board of Regents to serve on the Fairview-University Medical Center Board of Trustees, where he played an important role in the successful merger of the University's hospital with the Fairview health System. In 2001, he was called upon to lead the effort to reorganize Allina Health System. A strong supporter of education, he and his wife have contributed to an endowed chair at the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation and established the John M. Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas. He is a past member of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Directors, the board of Fingerhut, and the World Presidents Organization. Now retired, he serves on the board of the Naples Community Hospital in Florida.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.