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Honored in 2002
A longtime advocate for Alabama’s seaport and waterways, Sheldon Morgan has dedicated numerous years of service to promoting and furthering transportation on Alabama’s inland waterways. A native of Pine Hill, Alabama, Morgan began his training in 1957 with the Alabama State Docks.
Mr. Morgan is a graduate of Pine Hill High School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He received B.A. and M.S. degrees from Auburn University and pursued special studies in organizational management at the University of Georgia and the University of Colorado. He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
In 1957, he began his career with the Alabama State Docks in sales, advertising and public relations. After four years with the Docks, he joined the Mobile Chamber of Commerce as Manager of World Trade, Port and Waterways activities and, later, economic development and industrial recruitment. He joined the Merchants National Bank, later named Regions, in 1972. Morgan retired from Regions Bank in 1995 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking. He is past president of the National Waterways Conference headquartered in Washington, DC.
Currently, Mr. Morgan serves as President of the Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway Association where he is known for his tireless efforts in promoting efficient use and development of waterway sites, as a port official, and as a civic and business leader dedicated to a host of waterways initiatives.