Major General Henry C. “Hank” Morrow Appointed Executive Secretary to the Clemson Board of Trustees


The Clemson University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Major General Henry C. “Hank” Morrow (Ret.) as the new Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Morrow’s appointment followed a national search to fill the Board Secretary role, previously held by Angie Leidinger in addition to her duties as Vice President, External Affairs, and Chip Hood, in addition to his duties as Vice President, General Counsel. Morrow will report directly to the Board of Trustees. He will assume his new role at Clemson on October 1.

“We are extremely pleased that General Morrow will join the Board Office,” said Kim A. Wilkerson, Chair of the Clemson University Board of Trustees. “His career, launched from Clemson as a student and member of the ROTC, has demonstrated leadership, diplomacy, and service, all of which are integral to this important role.”

Morrow currently serves as President and Owner of H.C. Morrow, LLC, a diversified company specializing in international trade and business development and consulting in defense and science and technology. Morrow has served the government for more than 42 years, more than 34 years of which were in the United States Air Force, culminating in the rank of Major General. He retired in 2012 after serving in senior roles, including as Senior Defense Officer, Defense Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Morrow served as U.S. Continental Region NORAD Commander and Commander, 1st Air Force (AFNORTH) and the Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR) from 2006-2009, where he was responsible for air sovereignty and defense of the continental United States, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. From 1989 to 2016, Morrow served as a pilot for American Airlines. 

Among many awards in his distinguished career, Morrow has received the Defense Superior Service Medal from the Department of Defense twice, in 2006 and again in 2012; the Director’s Honor Award from the United States Secret Service in 2009; and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Department of the Air Force. 

Morrow commented on his new role, stating: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve the Board of Trustees, President Clements, and our Clemson family in this capacity. It’s a dream come true to return to Clemson and a chance to repay the university for all they have done for our family.”

Morrow was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Columbia, South Carolina at the age of two. He graduated from Lower Richland High School. Morrow received a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management from Clemson University in 1977; a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1984; and completed a program for Senior Executives in National and International Security from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University in 2006.

Morrow’s wife, Julie, and sons, Matthew and Luke, are also proud alumni, adding six additional degrees from Clemson for the Morrow family.

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