Biographies in Brief
John Morse, President and Publisher
Mr. Morse became President of Merriam-Webster, Inc. in 1997. This was the culmination of over 20 years of combined work experience at both Merriam-Webster, Inc. and its parent company Encyclopędia Britannica, Inc.
In 1996 Mr. Morse was named Publisher of Merriam-Webster, following a successful five-year term as Executive Editor with primary responsibility for new product development, including the introduction of an electronic product line. He continues to play an active role in expanding product lines and embracing new technologies such as the Internet for delivering Merriam-Webster's premier language reference products.
A graduate of Haverford College, Mr. Morse holds a Masters of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.
Frederick C. Mish, Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Mish became Editor-in-Chief of Merriam-Webster, Inc. in 1992. He has played a vital role in maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and innovation in language reference publishing since joining the company in 1973.
As a member of the Modern Language Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Linguistic Society of America, the Dictionary Society of North America, and the American Dialect Society, Dr. Mish has spoken on various aspects of the English language, and of dictionaries, for over 15 years. He also serves as a trustee of Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia, and as an advisor to the Noah Webster Foundation, West Hartford, Connecticut.
A 1959 graduate of Yale University, Dr. Mish holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Minnesota.