Morris McClelion, who retired from the post of Sanford-based Central Electric’s CEO and general manager this past July, was recently honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Roy Cooper in recognition of his community focused service and leadership. The prestigious award is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service and have provided exceptional accomplishments to the state and their communities.
Under his leadership, Central Electric facilitated over $1 million in economic development loans and grants, formed the Central Electric Member Care Trust which has granted over $550,000 to local non-profit organizations, and was instrumental in the formation of the co-op’s Sandhills Utility Services to help provide better electric service to the men and women stationed at Ft. Bragg.
“If you know Morris, then you know he will never take credit for any of these accomplishments. He has been and always will be a team-first player, putting others before himself. When he received the award from Rep. Robert Reives, he took zero credit and contributed it all to the great team of employees and the Board of Directors here at Central,” said Central Electric CEO and General Manager Eddie Oldham. “While I agree with him 100% that behind every great leader is a great team, and we have a great team here at Central, it would also be remiss to not acknowledge the accomplishments of this co-op under his guidance. The co-op has made great strides under his leadership.”