Bevan Morris

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Bevan Morris
Born(1949-03-03)March 3, 1949
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Maharishi European Research University
OccupationUniversity president, politician
EmployerMaharishi University of Management
OrganizationTranscendental Meditation movement
Political partyA founder of the Natural Law Party

Bevan H. Morris (March 3, 1949, Adelaide)[citation needed] was the president of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, for 36 years and a founder of the Natural Law Party.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Morris received his B.A. and M.A. in psychology and philosophy from Gonville and Caius College of Cambridge University, England. He earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. in the Science of Creative Intelligence from Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Vlodrop, Netherlands. Morris also holds a Doctorate of World Peace from MERU in Switzerland.[3]



In September, 1980 Morris was appointed president and chairman of the board of trustees of the Maharishi International University, which was renamed Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in 1995. During his tenure, there was expansion of the university campus, and accreditation through the Ph.D. level.[4] In the 1994, he was reported to be the lowest-paid college president in Iowa, receiving an annual salary of $9,000.[5][need quotation to verify] He is also on the board of trustees of the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.[2] Morris became the emeritus chairman of the board of trustees of MUM in 2009 after having served as chairman for 30 years. He continues to serve as its president.[6] Morris is the International President of Maharishi Vedic Universities, a network of institutions in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.[7] In March 2012, Morris toured 14 African countries, including Kenya, to promote Consciousness Based Education.[8] He retired as president in 2016.[9]


Morris was a founder and national chairman of the U.S. Natural Law Party (NLP).[1] He took a leave of absence from MUM to oversee John Hagelin's first campaign for U.S. President, in 1992[10][11] and praised Hagelin's "highly coherent brain".[12] Morris was described, in 1992, as the party's spokesman on education.[13] He was listed in 1993 as a candidate in the Commonwealth of Australia legislative election and[14] Morris was reported to be the leader of the Australian NLP in 1997.[15]


From 1975 to 1979, Morris was the international coordinator for MERU.[16][clarification needed] In 1984, Morris toured the United States seeking practitioners of the TM-Sidhi program to form a group in Fairfield, Iowa.[17] Morris was appointed chairman of the Maharishi Council of Supreme Intelligence of Age of Enlightenment in 1987.[16] In July, he was part of a team that demonstrated Yogic Flying to a group of 125 in a House office building in Washington D.C. and called on Congress to "seriously" examine its potential for creating peace.[18] In 1990 he published an open letter to President George H. W. Bush in The Washington Post asking for a $90 million annual expenditure to fund a group of 10,000 professional meditators as a further peace creation effort.[19]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2009, Morris was living in Adelaide, Australia.[20]


  1. ^ a b Maier, Scott (22 September 1992). "Don't Take It Personal Meditation Technique Advocates Bring You Natural Law Party". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. p. b.1.
  2. ^ a b Board of Trustees Archived 13 February 2001[Date mismatch] at the Wayback Machine, Maharishi University of Management
  3. ^ "Maharishi University of Management: Officers". Maharishi University of Management. Archived from the original on 18 December 2001. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Iowa Town Booms On Eastern Ways; Meditation, Business Draw Residents". The Washington Post. 9 August 2004. p. A03.
  5. ^ "Grinnell President Leads in Private College Pay". Omaha World-Herald. 30 July 1996. p. 9.
  6. ^ "MUM Board of Trustees Appoints New Chairman and Vice-Chairman". Achievements (50). 19 September 2009. Archived from the original on 16 February 2010.
  7. ^ Bell, Pat (7 November 1993). "Natural Law takes leap into 'higher education'". The Ottawa Citizen. p. A6.
  8. ^ "Kenya: Put Meditation in Syllabus, Says Don" Nairobi Star, 22 March 2012
  9. ^ Hallman, Andy (20 June 2016). "Lynch addresses M.U.M. graduates". The Fairfield Ledger. Retrieved 21 June 2016.[dead link]
  10. ^ Buckham, Tom (22 October 1992). "Natural Law Party Offers 'Common Sense' Approach". Buffalo News. Buffalo, N.Y. p. C6.
  11. ^ "TM Followers Form Party" The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City), 25 April 1992, Page 5
  12. ^ "Brain scans urged for national candidates" The Hamilton Spectator, 30 June 1992
  13. ^ Shrimsley, Robert (4 April 1992). "Election 1992: Somewhere over the rainbow". The Daily Telegraph. London (UK). p. 5.
  14. ^ "Commonwealth Of Australia: Legislative Election Of 13 March 1993". Psephos. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  15. ^ "PARTY MEMBERS `FLY' FOR PEACE", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 19 July 1997
  16. ^ a b "Bevan Howell Morris." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.
  17. ^ Osment, Noel (9 June 1984). "Power of TM: Followers take credit for upsurge in U.S.". The San Diego Union. p. A-21.
  18. ^ "Congress Told To Levitate Its Way to World Peace" The Modesto Bee, 9 July 1987[dead link]
  19. ^ "Iowans Push Federal Aid for Peace Meditation". Omaha World – Herald. 13 April 1990. p. 13.
  20. ^ "M.U.M.'s Morris key to Butler trial negotiations". Fairfield Daily Ledger. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009.[dead link]