CHARLESTON, S.C.(Jan. 11)--Maj. Gen. Earle E. Morris Jr., comptroller general for the state of South Carolina and recently retired director of the South Carolina State Guard, will be honored at Friday's dress parade of the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel. The parade begins at 3:45 p.m. at Summerall Field. Morris will be recognized for his dedicated service to the nation and the state of South Carolina, which has spanned more than four decades.
"It hardly seems 43 years since I put on the Army uniform as a 'buck private,'" Morris wrote in his "From the Director" column in the Dec. 1994 issue of SCSG News. "Very few are so fortunate as I have been to serve my nation and my state for so long," Morris said.
Morris began his military service as a cadet at Clemson College, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1949. Following enlistment in the South Carolina Army National Guard, he completed the Palmetto Military Academy in 1951 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Following a distinguished career in the Army National Guard, Morris retired in 1987 as a brigadier general and became deputy director of the State Guard. In 1991, Morris assumed command of the State Guard and was promoted to major general.
In civilian life, Morris is equally devoted to public service. He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1950 at the age of 21, and served in the House until his election to the South Carolina Senate in 1954. Serving in the Senate until 1970, Morris became lieutenant governor in 1971. In 1976, Morris became comptroller general of South Carolina, and has continued to be re-elected to the post. While serving as comptroller general, he has received numerous awards and national recognition for distinguished leadership in the field of governmental financial management.
In 1993, Morris was awarded the nation's Most Valuable Public Official by City and State magazine. Morris has received honorary degrees from several of South Carolina's colleges and universities, including an honorary doctor of laws degree from The Citadel in 1983.
Morris is past president of the National Association of State Comptrollers, past chairman of the board of directors of the United Way of South Carolina, chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council of
the United States and past president of the South Carolina National Guard