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Airport Authority announces new director appointments

Nathan Luce, Kenneth Parrish, Lori Morris

MEMPHIS, TENN. (February 6, 2024) – As part of its ongoing leadership transition, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) has announced three new director appointments.

Nathan Luce has been appointed Director of Airside Operations and Public Safety. In his new role, Luce is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning for airside operations at Memphis International Airport (MEM) including airfield management, communications/ dispatch, emergency planning, aircraft rescue firefighting, public safety, and airport security. He has been with MSCAA for nearly 15 years, most recently serving as Director of Procurement. Prior to joining the MSCAA, Luce worked for 5 ½ years for the engineering firm Fisher & Arnold, Inc. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) and an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Luce received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Christian Brothers University and a Master of Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. 

Kenneth Parrish has been promoted to Director of Procurement. Parrish is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Procurement department, which is responsible for MSCAA’s purchasing, bidding, and contract services. In addition, the department coordinates the vendor registration process. Parrish joined MSCAA in 2017 as the Manager of Procurement. Prior to his career with the Airport Authority, Parrish accumulated more than 28 years of procurement experience for companies such as Oxford Diagnostic Laboratories, Vitro America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dial Corporation and Tupperware. He is an Airport Certified Employee (ACE) of AAAE. Parrish received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance from the University of Tennessee at Martin. 

Lori Morris has been promoted to the position of Director of Terminal Operations. She is responsible for leading MSCAA’s new Terminal Operations department, which includes the ticketing, baggage, ground transportation and parking areas. The area is also responsible for customer service initiatives related to construction and other projects. Morris joined MSCAA in 2011 as the Manager of Environmental Services. She has more than 20 years of experience in environmental engineering and previously worked for both AutoZone Inc and EnSafe Inc. She is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) and both a Certified Member (C.M.) and an Airport Certified Employee (ACE) of AAAE. Morris is also the chairperson for MSCAA’s Community Foundation. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Christian Brothers University.

“Nathan, Kenneth and Lori are valuable members of the MSCAA team and each has made numerous positive contributions during their careers here,” said Terry Blue, MSCAA President and CEO. “Our continued leadership transition is focused on delivering a positive travel experience for our passengers, and these appointments are vital to that effort.”