Morris H. Stocks serves as provost and executive vice chancellor. He previously served as interim chancellor and professor of accountancy. Immediately before assuming responsibilities as interim chancellor in 2015, Stocks served the university as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for seven-and-a-half years. Stocks also served as senior vice chancellor for planning and operations and from 2002 to 2006, he held the position of dean of the Patterson School of Accountancy. During his tenure as dean, the Patterson School was ranked as one of the top 25 accounting programs in the country for the first time in its history. Before being named dean, Stocks was the university's associate provost for three years, with responsibilities for the academic budget and undergraduate curriculum.
Stocks received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Trevecca Nazarene University, his master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Mississippi.
He has been a member of the University of Mississippi faculty since 1991 and remains active in the teaching and research missions of the accounting program. He is the 1998 recipient of the university's most prized teaching honor, the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. Stocks' primary research interest relates to financial accounting issues on the decision-making process of users of accounting information. He has published in many of his profession's top academic and professional journals.
Stocks and his wife, Cindy, have four adult children.