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July 17, 2001
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Bishop Named To Emory Board of Trustees

William Wesley Morris of Nashville, resident bishop of the Tennessee and Memphis areas of the United Methodist Church, has been named to the Emory University board of trustees for an eight-year term.

Morris is one of five United Methodist bishops serving on the board of Emory, which is a United Methodist affiliated institution. Elected to the episcopate in 1992, Morris first served as bishop to the Alabama-West Florida area until 2000, when he was assigned to the Nashville area.

An ordained elder of the church's Tennessee Annual Conference, Morris's ministry has included pastorates in Chattanooga, Nashville and Gallatin. He also has served as the associate council director of the Tennessee conference, as Clarkville district superintendent, conference council director and Murfreesboro district superintendent.

He has served as a trustee of several other United Methodist institutions, including Asbury Seminary, Lambuth University, Martin Methodist College, Rust College, Holston Home for Children and Methodist Healthcare. He has been president of the church's General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and of the Appalachian Development Committee. In the church's Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), Morris has served as a conference delegate and as president of the SEJ administrative council. At Emory, Morris has been a member of the Candler School of Theology advisory committee.

A native of Baltimore, Morris holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, bachelor of divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, master's degree from Scarritt College for Christian Workers, doctor of ministry degree from Vanderbilt University, and several honorary doctorates. His areas of emphasis in ministry are evangelism, missions and Christian stewardship.

Morris is married to the former Mary Head of McMinnville, Tenn.; they have four children and live in Nashville (37203).

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