Stephen C. Morgan has been selected as the new chairman of the Los Angeles County Fair Association Board of Directors. Morgan succeeds James R. Kostoff, who is retiring from the board after nearly 20 years effective Nov. 1.
“I am excited and eagerly anticipate this new role,” said Morgan. “I look forward to continuing the work that Jim has so marvelously done the past 20 years.”
Morgan has been a director since 1997.He joined the association in 1990. He was named the University of La Verne’s 17th president in 1985. Prior to that, Morgan served as the executive director of the Independent Colleges of Northern California, director of development for the University of Southern California and filled a variety of positions at ULV.
As the new chairman, Morgan said his intention is to continue the board’s work of moving the Association and Fairplex forward to new levels of excellence.
“I would like to maintain the positive trajectory that Jim is leaving as his legacy,” Morgan said.
Under Kostoff’s leadership, Fairplex evolved from a once-a-year fair venue to a year-round events destination point.“Jim has been a visionary leader who wanted us to improve on what we do at Fairplex. My hope is to continue that emphasis.”
Morgan said his goals include promoting the annual L.A. County Fair and ensuring that the Fair and other Fairplex events evolve with the changing face of the community.
“The Fair is like higher education – it has to change as society’s needs’ change.”
Being named chairman is very special to Morgan. As a native of Upland, he was a frequent visitor to the Fair as a youngster.
“I remember seeing cut-out Thummers on every corner, with his thum