The Boston University magazine BU Today recently profiled Jean Morrison ’76 and the unusual contents of her office as part of its Office Artifacts series. As is fitting for the former University of Southern California geology professor turned Boston University provost and chief academic officer, the “artifacts” range from rare crystals and a rock hammer to a giant white statue of the school mascot, Rhett the Boston terrier.
Jean was named university provost and chief academic officer of Boston University in January 2011. In her position, she provides leadership for the University’s overall academic, budgetary, and planning processes and oversight of its academic programs, research, global programs, enrollment, and student affairs. A geologist by training, Jean’s research in earth sciences has focused on understanding the evolution of the earth’s crust over time, with particular emphasis on the physiochemical characteristics in earthquake fault systems, as well as the properties of the earth’s deep crust.
Jean is a professor in the Boston University Department of Earth & Environment. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1988; her MS from the University of Georgia in 1983; and her BA from Colgate University in 1980.