Herman Morris ’73 Named Among Most Influential Black Corporate Directors

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Herman Morris ’73

Savoy magazine has named Herman Morris, Jr. as one of its 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. The latest edition of the magazine features 300 of the nation’s most notable African American executives, influencers, and achievers contributing leadership to corporate boards.

A 1973 Rhodes alumnus, Morris is an attorney with nearly 40 years of diverse legal experience and a distinguished history of corporate and civic leadership. Among these accomplishments is his leadership as a director for Perrigo Company, a global over-the counter consumer goods and pharmaceutical leader. In this capacity, he has served as a member and chairman of the company’s Nominations and Governance Committee, Audit Committee, and Compensation Committee. 

In the community, Morris has served on association, non-profit, and community boards such as the National Petroleum Council, American Public Power Association, Tennessee Supreme Court Board of Professional Responsibility, Memphis & Shelby County Library Foundation, and NAACP Special Contribution Fund. He served on Rhodes’ Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2012.
Morris is former City Attorney for the City of Memphis and former president and chief executive officer for Memphis Light, Gas and Water. He currently has a private law practice specializing in energy, corporate and employment law; public policy; and mediation. 

Morris holds a B.A. in economics from Rhodes and J.D. from Vanderbilt University.