VICE PRESIDENT – COUNCIL ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

James H. Morris III
Assistant Director
Environmental and Energy Management
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach, VA

BIOGRAPHY

James H. Morris, III has served as the Assistant Director, Environmental and Energy Management, Virginia Beach City Public Schools for the last 10 years.  Prior to that, he was the Industrial Hygienist for the City of Virginia Beach.  He has been in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health for 20 years. 

Morris’s background includes a BS (Biology) from the College of William and Mary and an MS (Community Health) from Old Dominion University (ODU).  Morris also taught undergraduate and graduate level classes in Occupational Health at ODU as an Adjunct Professor. 

Morris was Region VI Vice President (RVP) from 2005-2010.  Prior to that, he was Deputy RVP and President of the Greater Tidewater Chapter.  Mr. Morris currently also serves on a number of Society Committees including Finance, PR, and the Sustainability Task Force.  He has also served on the Region VI PDC Committee since 2004, including stints as the Student Chair and the Speaker Chair.  He received a Culbertson Award in 2007 and a President’s award in 2008 for his work with the Society.  In 2009, he was named the Greater Tidewater Chapter Safety Professional of the Year. 

Morris is also a member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Energy Procurement Governmental Association (VEPGA).  He has a very supportive family, which includes two sons, James and Sean, his wife, Colleen.  Morris also coaches little league baseball and serves on the board of Angel Flight charities in Virginia.

PLATFORM STATEMENT

As the workforce evolves and ages, we see new needs in the profession while we struggle to fill the voids left by those who retire from it.  Additionally, our profession truly knows no borders, in that we have a reach that spans the globe.  We need a strong network of professionals who have the expertise, education, and experience to provide information and leadership.  This is the role of ASSE to its members, and to the communities we serve around the world. 

At the global level, we have a large network of resources available to members.  This includes the sharing of diverse expert knowledge in the form of publications, training opportunities/conferences, and access to industry leaders.  The pooling from more than 32,000 members alone makes the value of membership well worth the cost. 

At the local/Chapter level, individuals network in their community, share knowledge, find consultants, and develop future leaders.  Too often, local and global levels of the Society are seen separately, when in fact, they should be cohesive elements to providing ASSE members our “bang for the buck.” 

As a Society, we have the tools and the knowledge to share with others, whether they are next door or halfway across the world.  One of the most powerful strengths we have as a Society is our emphasis on professional development.  We have a PDC that is strong, we have virtual seminars that are easy to access and affordable, and throughout the year, we maintain a program of seminars, training, and publications that are second to none.  As the need for our services evolves, we can take these things that we do well, and use that to continue the positive effect that we have on this profession and the workplaces of those that we serve.