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Herman Morris, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Energy Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ocean
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Be Lucky Than Good.

Birthplace

Born:
1/16/1951
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Energy Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ocean
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Be Lucky Than Good.

Birthplace

Born:
1/16/1951
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Herman Morris, Jr. was born on January 16, 1951, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended public school. From there, Morris attended Southwestern University at Memphis (Rhodes College), where he earned a B.A. in economics in 1973. He then went on to attend the Vanderbilt University School of Law, earning a J.D. in 1977.

Over the next twelve years, Morris worked in private practice with several Memphis-area law firms handling a wide variety of cases. In 1989, he left his law practice to become the first in-house general counsel for Memphis Light, Gas & Water. There, he initiated the Inner-City Legal Explorer Post in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America to provide opportunities for inner-city youth to gain exposure to the law and legal careers. In 1997, Morris was promoted to president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas & Water. In this position, Morris oversees 2,700 employees and a $1.4 billion budget.

Morris is highly involved in a number of community and professional organizations. Currently, he is a director of the University of Tennessee Medical Group and the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association. In addition, Morris serves on the Advisory Board of Bank of America. He is also the past president of the Memphis Branch of the NAACP, actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, and has played an instrumental role as the Campaign Chairman of the United Way of the Mid-South. Morris has also been honored with numerous awards, including awards for business as well as his philanthropic contributions.

Morris and his wife, Brenda, live in Memphis.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Herman Morris, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Herman Morris, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his family's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his maternal family history, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his maternal family history, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes family reunions at his great Aunt Debbie's
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Herman Morris, Jr. talks about his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his father's jobs and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his father's job as an elevator operator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Herman Morris, Jr. talks about his mother, Reba Garrett Watson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his childhood in Binghampton, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his grade school years in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes the personal impact of his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his parents' marriage which ended in the divorce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his favorite teacher in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Herman Morris, Jr. talks about playing sports in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Herman Morris, Jr. talks about his college track career and the influence of Valeriy Borzov on his running technique
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes the end of his football career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his experiences at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes a boycott organized by the Black Student Association, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes a boycott organized by the Black Student Association, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes working as a headhunter in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his decision to attend Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his experience at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes desegregation litigation in St. Louis after graduating from Vanderbilt Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Herman Morris, Jr. talks about his introduction to Memphis Light, Gas and Water division through an employment discrimination case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes why he accepted a job offer from Memphis Light, Gas, and Water
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Herman Morris, Jr. remembers his law school interview with Baker Botts L.L.P.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes how he became president of Memphis Light, Gas and Water
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes the philosophies that guide his leadership of Memphis Light, Gas, and Water
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes how he handled the natural gas crisis in 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Herman Morris, Jr. talks about his work on the National Petroleum Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Herman Morris, Jr. talks about the future of solar machines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Herman Morris, Jr. talks about addressing energy needs for the poor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Herman Morris, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Herman Morris, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered