A Conversation on Hazing: The Trials & Truths with Michael Morton
Michael J. Morton, is an ex-convict turned corporate and civic leader. In 2006, Morton was an honors student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida A&M University. He served as President of the Student Body Senate and two consecutive terms as president, of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. The course of his life was altered after he and four of his fraternity brothers were charged with hazing. In a nationally publicized trial, he was convicted of hazing and received a two-year prison sentence. The judge in the case said she wanted to send a message with the state’s first prosecution under a felony hazing law.
After serving his sentence, Morton went on to finish his bachelor’s degree at Florida A&M and earn a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University. Morton was recently appointed to the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering advisory council for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.
Morton believes in “paying it forward” and has a strong desire to help those in most need. He serves on the Board of Directors for Pentorship, and educational products company that provides skills-based training to incarcerated persons. He actively volunteers with Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free enterprise. Morton is also a member, and former Secretary, of the New Jersey INROADS alumni association, an organization whose mission is to develop talented underserved youth and connect them with opportunities in business and industry while preparing them for corporate and community leadership.