As Associate Director, Morris provides executive leadership for agency operational functions. In this role, she leads and manages an array of services and programs including core business strategies, executive operations, human resources, personnel development, client services, business intelligence, marketing & communication, outreach, and other agency-wide initiatives.
Since joining TVMDL, Morris has led efforts to create a supervisor training program, employee career ladder, customized performance evaluation tools, and an educational reimbursement program. She leads an agency interdisciplinary team that administers TVMDL’s laboratory information management system (LIMS), and implemented a data-driven fee analysis program for TVMDL’s 700+ test offerings and services. Her leadership has led to improved quality control of data inputs, allowing maximization of the agency’s analytical capabilities.
Additionally, Morris’s agency-wide marketing and communications initiative, established in 2011, has contributed to TVMDL’s double digit increase in testing volume and revenue. Morris also leads efficiency and streamlining efforts, including transitioning the agency to a paperless case review system and implementing lean project management systems.
Including her time at TVMDL, Morris has dedicated over 20 years of service to the State of Texas and its associated agencies. She began her career working for the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Agriculture at Texas A&M, directing the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program (ANRP). In 2001, Morris became the assistant committee clerk for the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee and its then-chairman, State Representative David Swinford. Returning to College Station, Stacy joined the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. While working at the Institute, Morris received both the National and State Epsilon Sigma Phi award for early career service.
Following her time at the Institute, Morris began a dual role as chief of staff for both the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a unit of Texas A&M AgriLife, and TVMDL. She was promoted to TVMDL’s assistant director role in 2017. During her time at TVMDL, Morris has been recognized as a Regents Fellow by the Texas A&M University System in 2016, earned the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in 2014, and the TVMDL Director’s Excellence Award in 2010. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.