Mike Morris was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in February 2011 to replace Gary Hawks, whose term had expired. He is appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2018.
He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of American Electric Power (AEP).
From 1997 to 2003, Morris was chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities System. Before joining Northeast Utilities, he was president and CEO of Consumers Energy, principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and president of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. He was previously president of Colorado Interstate Gas Co. and executive vice president of marketing, transportation and gas supply for ANR Pipeline Co., both subsidiaries of El Paso Energy. Morris was the founder and president of ANR Gathering Co., one of the first gas marketing companies in the United States.
Morris is past chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited. He also serves on the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Board, the National Governors Association's Task Force on Electricity Infrastructure, Business Roundtable (chairing the Business Roundtable's Sustainable Growth Initiative). He serves as a non-executive chair of Alcoa and serves on Battelle, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc, Spectra Energy and L Brands Board.
Morris graduated from Eastern Michigan University with both bachelors and masters degrees in biology. He served on the Board of Regents at Eastern Michigan University from 1997-2004. He is currently serving a second term through 2018. In 1995 he received the university's Distinguished Alumnus Award. During his graduate years, he was commander of the ROTC Brigade.
Morris received a law degree, cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law and is a member of the Michigan Bar Association.
He previously served as chair of the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee, vice chair of the Educational Policies Committee, chair of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and vice chair of the Board. He currently serves as a Chairman of the Board and is a member of the Audit Committee.
First appointed: February 2011
Current term expires: December 2018
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