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Gary A. Morris

Courses Taught at MSU:

Courses Taught at MSU:
OSH 452, Systems Approach to Hazard Control

OSH 550/640, Safety and Health Program Management and Training

OSH 650, Organizational Leadership and Management

OSH 657,Current Literature & Research in Safety and Health

B.S., Central Missouri State University, 1972 
M.S., University of Southern California, 1984

Ed. D., Vanderbilt University, 2000

Certification and Licensure :
- Certified Safety Professional, 1990
- Certified Safety and Health Manager, 1999
- Commercial Instrument Helicopter License, 1973

Professional Experience Prior to MSU:
- Principle Consultant, Fender Consultants, L.L.C., Enterprise, AL, 1994-1995. Safety consulting and training.
- Safety Specialist, DynCorp, Ft. Rucker, AL, 1992-1993. Managed safety issues for 1,900 employee company.
- Safety Standardization Officer, U.S. Army Safety Center, Ft. Rucker, AL, 1990-1992. Managed a variety of safety issues for the Army including auditing, writing publications and developing and conducting training.
- Chief, Installation Safety Division, U.S. Army Safety Center, Ft. Rucker, AL, 1989-1990. Responsible for developing Army-wide safety programs.
- Aircraft Systems Manager, U.S. Army Safety Center, Ft. Rucker, AL, 1988-1989. Coordinated system safety work for various systems.
- Aviation Safety Officer, Fourth U.S. Army, Ft. Sheridan, IL, 1985-1988. Supervised aviation safety for 62 U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard organizations in 7 states.
- Commander, Air Traffic Control Maintenance Company, Ft. Rucker, AL, 1982-1984. Supervised all aspects of operating the organization, including safety, budgeting, training, administration, and planning.
- Airfield Safety Officer, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 1981-1982. Administered all aspects of aviation and industrial safety. Consulted on safety aspects of aviation-related test projects. Conducted all safety-related training and orientations.

Clinical/Professional Focus:
Child care safety, aviation safety, industrial management and leadership, industrial safety programs, automation of safety functions.

Research Focus:
Management and leadership, playground safety, safety training

Professional Organizations:
- American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Professional Member, - Past-President, Wiregrass Chapter.
- National Safety Management Society

Contact Information:
Office Address: 157H Industry and Technology Center
Office Phone: 270-809-6651

Office Fax: 270-809-3630

Email: dfender@murraystate.eduCourses Taught at MSU:

OSH 192, Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

OSH 301, Product Liability

OSH 511, Hazardous Waste Site Operations

OSH 546/646, Fundamentals of Risk Control

OSH 591, Engineering & Technical Aspects of Safety


B.S., Occupational Safety and Health, Murray State University, KY

M.S., Environmental Health, Old Dominion, VA

Ph.D., Health Sciences, Old Dominion, VA

Graduate Certificate in Biometrics/Identity Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 

Professional Experience Prior to MSU:

Dr. Morris graduated from Murray State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering and received a direct commission into the United States Navy in 1991.

In January 1993, he reported to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as the Assistant Safety Officer.  As the first IHO to be stationed on the GEORGE WASHINGTON, he developed a baseline IH survey, which was used as a template for Nimitz class carriers.

In July 1995, he reported to Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA), Norfolk as the Safety Officer.  As the first IH stationed at a SIMA, he established safety and environmental programs to meet state, local and federal requirements.  During this tour, he earned his Master of Science degree in Environmental Health while attending evening classes at Old Dominion University.

In August 1998, he was selected for Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) to obtain his Doctoral degree in Health Services.

In 2003, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Health Services from Old Dominion University.

In August 2001, Dr. Morris reported to President, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) as the lead NAVOSH inspector. He was responsible for assessing NAVOSH and Environmental programs for afloat forces.  During this tour, he passed his board exams and became board certified in the comprehensive practice of Occupational Safety and Health Engineering.  

In August 2004, Dr. Morris reported to the Uniformed Services University as an Assistant Professor in the Preventive Medicine and Biometrics Department.

During his tour, he was the course director for the following courses: PMO 540 Environmental Health; PMO 555 Industrial Ventilation; PMO 553 IH Field Studies; and PMO 631 EOH Journal Club.

In August 2007, Dr. Morris reported to the OPNAV staff as an action officer for medical planning and CBRNE issues.  Within six months he was promoted to the Deputy Branch Head position for Antiterrorism for the Chief of Naval Operations.  He was responsible for developing Navy policy for antiterrorism, pandemic influenza and physical security.

In May 2009, Dr. Morris reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Engineering, Installations and Environment) as the Special Assistant for Safety and Industrial Hygiene.  His main duties were developing policy, providing oversight and guidance on safety and health programs for the Department of the Navy.

Contact Information:

Office Address: 157J Industry and Technology Center

Office Phone: 270-809-6650

Office Fax: 270-809-3630

Email: gmorris1@murraystate.edu

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