Title: Vice President of External Affairs (Retired)
Company: Xavier University
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Sybil Haydel Morial, Retired Vice President of External Affairs at Xavier University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.
Hailing from a family of educators, Dr. Morial decided to spearhead a career in education in her own right. Matriculating at Boston University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1952 and a Master of Science in 1955. In the early stages of her career, between 1952 and 1956, she served as an elementary school teacher at the Memorial School in Newton, Massachusetts, and at School #74 in Baltimore, Maryland, before founding the Louisiana League of Good Government in 1963. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Morial joined Xavier University, where she had excelled as the administrator, associate dean and vice president of external affairs for nearly three decades until retiring in 2005. In 2014, she attained a Doctor of Humane Letters from Xavier University.
Finding great success throughout the course of her career, Dr. Morial has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Most recently, she was the recipient of the ACLU Ben Smith Award in 2019, the Louisiana Legend Award from Louisiana Public Television in 2018, the New Orleans Legend Award from Mayor Mitchell Landrieu in 2017 and the A Legend in Her Own Time Award from the William Faulkner Society in 2016. In the 1990s, Dr. Morial received awards from the American Lung Association, Xavier, Tulane and Loyola Universities’ Black History Month Activities, National Council of Jewish Women, National Coalition of Black Women, Young Leadership Council, Hope House and National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.
To add to her success, Dr. Morial was named as the Citizen of the Year by the Spectator News Journal in 1984. Between 1974 and 1981, she was also the recipient of awards from the National Conference of Christian and Jews, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and the Links Inc., among others. To remain aware of developments in her profession and civic endeavors, Dr. Morial presently maintains her affiliation with the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation, the Affiliated Louisiana Women’s Forum and the Youth and The Arts National Committee. She is also involved with HMO Louisiana Inc. and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, the Public Law Center, PICO National Network and the Southern Institute for Education and Research.
Reflecting on her career path, Dr. Morial is most proud to have launched her own book, “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment,” in 2015 at the New Orleans Museums of Art, where she was not allowed to enter as a little girl. For her paperback launch, she held it at the Whitney Plantation, in the restored church where the slaves would worship. To add to her creative endeavors, Dr. Morial was the executive producer of “A House Divided” from 1987 and has been a speaker a numerous collegiate institutions nationwide. Looking toward the future, she aims to continue her involvement in the community.
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