School community mourns death of SAU 16 superintendent
EXETER — Family, friends, faculty and students are mourning the sudden death of School Administrative Unit 16 Superintendent Michael Morgan.
The 67-year-old administrator from Brentwood died Sunday morning — just two weeks after announcing that he would be taking a medical leave of at least six to eight weeks beginning June 5 after dealing with some health issues that involved various tests.
Assistant Superintendent Ester Asbell issued a statement notifying the school community of his death.
“The Central Office Administration Team is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Superintendent Michael A. Morgan this morning after a sudden illness. Mr. Morgan was a dedicated professional who served the communities of SAU 16 with pride for the last nine years. Information regarding services will be posted on the SAU 16 webpage when available,” the statement said.
Morgan, who worked in education for nearly 47 years and planned to retire after the 2017-2018 school year, has served as SAU 16 superintendent since 2008.
SAU 16 includes the Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, Newfields and Stratham school districts.
“It’s a tough day for us. He’s going to be sorely missed,” said Exeter Region Cooperative School Board Chairman Helen Joyce.
Joyce has known Morgan for more than 30 years and once worked with him when both were administrators in northern New Hampshire.
“His love for the children in every district he’s ever worked in was paramount. He did what was best for the kids and the faculty. He lived that every day of his life. He was so dedicated and highly respected. Everybody who knew him knew what kind of person he was,” Joyce said.