For release: October 6, 2010
For press information, contact Sean Ellis, 901-678-2837
Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has joined the executive board of the
Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) at the University of Memphis. The
board serves as an advisory group to the Institute. It consists of individuals with
interest and expertise in the nation’s freight transportation system and who represent
the private and public sectors.
An attorney with the Transportation Law Practice Group of Adams and Reese, Norris
is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association. As a legislator, Norris served
two years as Tennessee Senate’s Transportation and Safety Committee chair and was
named Legislator of the Year in 2006 by the Tennessee Public Transportation Association.
He also recently served as chair of the Transportation Policy Task Force of the Council
of State Governments.
“Senator Norris has always been a great friend to the University of Memphis and to
our Institute, so it made perfect sense to invite him to serve on our executive board,”
said Dr. Martin Lipinski, director of IFTI. “His extensive background in transportation
matters, in Tennessee and across the nation, makes him a valuable resource to the
Added Sean Ellis, associate director of IFTI, “Having a robust board filled with individuals
in touch with the current needs of the freight community is critical to meeting our
full potential as a research institute.”
When asked to serve, Norris said, “I could not think of a better venue through which
to address our transportation challenges and needs than the Intermodal Freight Transportation
Institute at the University of Memphis, one of the South’s greatest urban research
institutions. I am pleased to have worked with the Institute in the past and am eager
to enter this new relationship with it and its partners in the Mid-South and throughout
the transportation industry.”
Formerly a two-term member of the Shelby County Commission, Norris was first elected
to the Tennessee Senate in 2000 and became majority leader in 2007. He and his wife,
Chris, live on their farm in Collierville.
The University of Memphis is a metropolitan research university located at the hub
of the lower Mississippi Delta’s intermodal freight transportation network. In recognition
of this strategic position, the University established IFTI to provide an administrative
home for a wide range of multi-disciplinary research and curricular initiatives as
well as public-private partnership endeavors collectively designed to provide national
leadership on issues related to intermodal freight transportation.
More information about research being conducted by the Intermodal Freight Transportation
Institute is available online at www.memphis.edu/ifti