VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Vincennes University official was recently given a statewide award in recognition of his advocation for greater supplier diversity.

VU Director of Procurement and Risk Management Michael Morrison was honored with the Ralph W. Adams Jr. Supplier Diversity Trailblazer Award. The award was given by the Indiana Department of Administration Division of Supplier Diversity, which works to actively promote, monitor, and enforce standards of certification for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.

Morrison received the Ralph W. Adams Jr. Supplier Diversity Trailblazer Award. [Left: Michael Morrison. Right: Kesha Rich] (Image courtesy of Vincennes University)

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive an award honoring the late Ralph Adams,” Morrison said. “Ralph and I both served in the Air Force, and I had the privilege of working with Ralph while he was with the IDOA Supplier Diversity team. This recognition reaffirms VU’s commitment to a more equitable institution, where the diversity of our suppliers is not only celebrated but integrated seamlessly into our operations.”

University officials credit Morrison for the positive changes made during his 11 years with the school.

“We believe in a vibrant and inclusive business ecosystem,” VU Vice President of Financial Services Tim Eaton said. “Michael is driving positive change within our University while setting a powerful example for the entire state of Indiana. In celebrating Michael’s well-deserved recognition for championing supplier diversity, we acknowledge the profound impact that his commitment to inclusivity and equitable business practices have on Vincennes University’s success and the success of our suppliers. By embracing diverse suppliers, we are advancing economic equity and paving the way for a strong future for all stakeholders.”

Morrison, a VU Alumnus, is a military veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force. Morrison’s professional background includes jobs at German America Bancorps, and The AME Group, and continues to work as a business administrator for Robinson Excavation and MRT Farms in Vincennes.