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Knox Heritage names Todd Morgan as executive director

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Todd Morgan, executive directory of Knox Heritage. Image courtesy of Knox Heritage

KNOXVILLE -- The Knox Heritage Board of Directors has named Todd Morgan, the organization’s director of real estate and regional programs, as executive director. His responsibilities are effective immediately.

In addition to roles with Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, Morgan has an extensive background in community development, at one time serving as Tennessee Main Street director and program director for the Morristown Community Development Corporation.

“Todd’s collaborative management style, commitment to historic preservation and knowledge of urban planning and community development give Knox Heritage the type of leadership we sought for the next phase of our service to Knoxville and the region,” said Knox Heritage Board President Gary Bentley. “He has already impressed the board and staff with his vision for the organization and his ability to forge relationships.”

Morgan, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carson-Newman University, said he has grown to love Knox Heritage and the positive impact it continues to have on the region.

“As someone with a passion for protecting the assets most important to our communities, I recognize what a special honor it is to lead an organization like Knox Heritage,” he said. “I very much look forward to working with our loyal donors, a dedicated board of directors, our professional staff and wonderful volunteers to further grow our mission to preserve, restore and transform the places of historic and cultural significance in East Tennessee.”

As Tennessee Main Street director, Morgan was involved in preserving downtowns and adjacent neighborhoods.

“Those places were truly the hearts of each community,” he said. “Over the course of my career, I have learned just how powerful a force historic preservation can be for our communities.”

During his career, Morgan also was a city planner in Morristown and a project manager at William S. Denton Jr. & Associates, Inc., in that city.

He replaces his former boss, Kim Trent, who led Knox Heritage for 15 years and is retiring this spring.

“The board is very confident that Todd is the person to take us to the next level,” said Rick Blackburn, past board president and head of the Transition Committee for Knox Heritage. “His experience in architecture and urban planning, community and economic development, downtown revitalization and historic preservation adds value to us and the communities that we serve.”

Morgan is a Certified Historic Real Estate Finance Professional and has received training in Economic and Community Development and Real Estate Principles.

He currently serves on the East Tennessee Quality Growth Board and the East Tennessee River Valley National Geographic Project Stewardship Council. Morgan has served on the boards of the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, Morristown-Hamblen Hospital, Walters State Community College, Rose Center for the Arts and Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.

Knox Heritage advocates for the preservation of places and structures with historic or cultural significance. Founded in 1974, Knox Heritage is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for Knoxville, Knox County and the 16-county region of East Tennessee. It is governed by a board of directors with representatives from across our community. Knox Heritage carries out its mission through a variety of programs and encourages community support through education and advocacy. For more information, visit

Published March 12, 2018

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