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Biography PhotoScott L. Morris
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott L. Morris is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Avista Corp. He was elected president in 2006 and named chairman and chief executive officer in 2008.

Scott is an experienced utility executive who has served in a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1981. He began his career in the company’s utility marketing division and has served in leadership positions throughout the company, including in customer service, construction and as general manager for Avista’s Oregon and California utility business. He held that position until being named president of Avista Utilities in 2000.

Morris was born and raised in Spokane. He is a graduate of Shadle Park High School and Gonzaga University where he received his master’s degree in organizational leadership. He also attended the Stanford Business School Financial Management Program.

Morris serves as chairman of the Washington Roundtable and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for Gonzaga University. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seattle branch, Greater Spokane Incorporated, Edison Electric Institute, Western Energy Institute (past chairman) and the American Gas Association. Previously, he served on the boards of ReliOn, Providence Health Services and the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce; served as chairman of Ecova, the Washington Economic Development Commission, and Innovate Washington; and served two terms as campaign chairman for Spokane United Way.

He and his wife, Liz, are the parents of four children and two grandchildren.