John and Tashia

Who are John and Tashia Morgridge?

John Morgridge and Tashia Frankwurth met during their high school years in Wauwatosa, a city in southeastern Wisconsin. Following graduation from high school, they both attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, to pursue their undergraduate degrees. In 1955, John received a degree from the School of Business while Tashia earned her degree from the School of Education. They were subsequently married on August 13, 1955. Soon thereafter, in 1957, John acquired his MBA at Stanford University, and in 1975, Tashia received a master's degree in education from Lesley College in Massachusetts.

John Morgridge joined Cisco Systems, Inc. in 1988 as CEO and president. He is currently chairman of the board at Cisco. Tashia Morgridge pursued a career as a special education teacher. In 1990, she published a book about activity programs in education called, Award-winning Activities for All Curriculum Areas. She is now retired and devotes much of her time to volunteer work.

The couple has made many generous donations to the University of Wisconsin at Madison. They have established a number of scholarships, instituted the Morgridge Center, which promotes volunteerism in college students, helped fund the erection of Grainger Hall, and, recently, donated $1 million toward the Red Gym renovation project. Their current philanthropic focus toward K-12 education has enabled the KIDS Report Project to continue into another successful year.