Miles and mary morris
Written by: Rodney Hansen
After 46 years in business, Miles and Mary Morris recognize the great importance of community support. With the sale of the property that has been home to the family-owned and operated Morris Motors, the couple decided to make a $1 million cash donation to the UVSC School of Business and Auto-Diesel Department.
The original location of Morris Motors was along 500 West in Provo across from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. In the beginning, Morris Motors started out as a gas station with service bays and a small sales showroom. The business evolved over the years with franchises from General Motors, American Motors, Jeep and Chrysler. Mary estimates the dealership has sold more than 180,000 new and used vehicles.
A relationship with UVSC began several years ago with Miles serving in an advisory capacity for the automotive department. It continued when Mary received what she thought to be a "You may have won," letter from Reader's Digest. Upon further review, the word "may" was missing. Mary had won a $15,000 drawing from Reader's Digest. Miles suggested establishing a scholarship, something that would last over the years. In 1997, they established the Allen Daryl Morris and Michael John Murphy Memorial Endowed Scholarship, named for two of their grandsons.
"The community has supported us all these years and now we can afford to give something back," said Miles. "Our hope with our donation is to further the education of a great number of students in the fast-paced areas of business and automotive technology. We want to give youth an opportunity to go on to bigger and better things."
According to UVSC School of Business Dean Stanley Jenne, the Morris family has built a legend in local business and, through their generosity, has established a legacy for higher business education. Jenne feels the Morris family is a role model for how to run a principles-based business.