Steve (’76, ’81) and Laura (’79) Morris

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

Steve and Laura Morris never considered applying to any institution but UT.

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education, Morris dreamed he might one day become a dean of students at a college or university. But after a humble beginning of loading and unloading packages on the night shift at UPS, he rose to the level of vice president and chief operating officer of several UPS districts and air operations, including time overseeing Germany, West Virginia, Oregon, and Tennessee.

Morris has served on the UT Development Council and was chair of the UT Foundation Board of Directors, in addition to stints served on the UT President’s Council and Athletics Development Council. He also gives of his time to the Boy Scouts of America.

Like Steve, Laura Capps Morris is devoted to UT.

A former Lady Vol swimmer who graduated with a degree in child and family studies in 1979, Laura went on to receive a culinary arts degree and a master’s degree in public administration from other universities, but “UT was our springboard into wonderful opportunities,” she says. “We would not have had it any other way.”

Laura has worked and volunteered for a plethora of nonprofit organizations. Besides being an artist, she continues to offer her expertise as a consultant for nonprofits. For many years, Laura served as a member of the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists, including time as its chair. She currently serves on the Arts Council of Williamson County Board of Directors and previously served on the Nashville Red Cross Board of Directors.

Steve and Laura served as vice chairs of the Campaign for Tennessee. They established the M. Steven and Laura Capps Morris Endowed Scholarship in partnership with the university’s premier Haslam Scholars Program.
Steve and Laura Morris
2013 Alumni Service Award Winners