CHARLESTON – K. Stephen Morris, president and CEO of Jefferson Security Bank in Shepherdstown, has been elected chairman of the board of the West Virginia Bankers Association for the 2012-13 term.
The WVBA is recognized as one of the state’s leading trade associations and represents the banking industry in public communications, governmental affairs and by providing educational seminars for its members.
Morris, who has served two years as a member of the WVBA Executive Committee, also has served on the WVBA Board of Directors since 2007 and on the Legislative/Government Relations Committee since 2010.
He also has served on the association’s for-profit subsidiary for two years. He is active with the American Bakers Association and serves on its membership committee.
“Steve has been an invaluable part of our executive team at the association,” said Joe Ellison, the current president. “He has been a leader in the banking industry through his service to our association.”
Morris, a Vietnam veteran and native of St. Albans in Kanawha County, began his banking career as a regulator with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 1973 and joined Charleston National Bank in 1978.
Between 1985 and when he joined Jefferson Security Bank, he served as president and CEO of New River Bank and Trust in Oak Hill, Bank of Danville and Peoples Bank of Charles Town.
Over the years, he also has spent time as a president or as a board member in numerous organizations such as the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Community College, Jefferson County United Way, Jefferson County Red Cross, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Development Authority and Caregivers of the Eastern Panhandle.
He and his wife, Kathy, have lived in Charles Town for 21 years.