In 1966, the 32-year-old son of William Morris became publisher of The Augusta Chronicle. Now the chief executive officer of Morris Communications Corp., Billy Morris took a handful of Georgia newspapers and expanded the company into a coast-to-coast operation of dailies, weeklies, community shoppers, national magazines and specialized publications.
His national media influence is evidenced by his presidency of the Newspaper Association of America, representing 2,000 U.S. and Canadian papers. Among his many statewide contributions, he served as chairman of the Georgia Board of Regents. Locally, he is a promoter of downtown/riverfront development. He was the primary developer of the Augusta Futurity, helped establish Fort Discovery and founded the Morris Museum of Art in memory of his parents.