Sally C. Morton

Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise

Sally C. Morton is the executive vice president of Arizona State University’s Knowledge Enterprise, which is responsible for the university’s research and economic development ecosystem. Morton advances research priorities, oversees ASU’s transdisciplinary institutes and initiatives, and drives corporate engagement and strategic partnerships, technology transfer and international development. She is a professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and the College of Health Solutions and holds the Florence Ely Nelson Chair.

Morton’s career has spanned both higher education and industry, including being dean of the College of Science at Virginia Tech, vice president for statistics and epidemiology at RTI International and head of the RAND Corporation’s Statistics Group. She is internationally recognized in the use of statistics and data science to help patients, their families and providers make better health care decisions. She has been involved in projects across a wide range of topics, including health care quality, homelessness, mental health and substance abuse. Her methodological work focuses on evidence synthesis, particularly meta-analysis.

Morton was the 2009 president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and received the Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences in 2017. She currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee and the Research Advisory Committee of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research. Morton received a PhD in statistics from Stanford University.