Downtown Memphis Committee Nominates Morris' Successor

September 22, 2015 | Memphis Daily News

By Madeline Faber

The search committee tasked to find a new Downtown Memphis Commission president has selected Memphian Terence Patterson to fill the job.

Patterson is currently the education program director of the Hyde Family Foundations and treasurer of the Center City Development Corp.

He serves on several education boards, including the Shelby County Schools Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Advisory Board, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools and Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee.

He graduated from Harvard University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in government. He also holds a Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing as well as a juris doctor from Northwestern University.

“With his credentials, he could live anywhere else that he wanted to,” said current Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris, who will leave his post at the end of this year to join his family’s business, Jack Morris Auto Glass.

“He wants to make Memphis better, and he knows that Downtown is crucial to making Memphis better.”

The search committee unanimously supported the recommendation of executive search firm DHR International. The firm also was responsible for selecting Morris five years ago.

The recommendation will go before the entire DMC board Thursday, Sept. 24.

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