Morris, Lorson named to new leadership positions with NRC

November 7, 2022, 9:30AMNuclear News



The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has appointed two longtime employees to key leadership positions. Scott A. Morris was named as the new deputy executive director for reactor and preparedness programs, and Raymond K. Lorson was named as the new Region I administrator. Morris and Lorson will assume their new roles upon the end-of-year retirements of the current deputy executive director, Darrell J. Roberts, and administrator, David C. Law.

NRC executive director for operations Daniel H. Dorman announced the two appointments on October 31, calling Morris and Lorson “extremely talented individuals committed to NRC’s complex and important mission.”

Scott Morris has been with the NRC since 1993 and has served as the Region IV administrator since 2018. He has also been the senior resident inspector at two nuclear power plants in Region I (Hope Creek and Salem), an executive technical assistant to the NRC executive director for operations, and a branch chief in the Office of Nuclear Safety and Incident Response. Morris served in the U.S. Navy submarine program and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University. In his new position, Morris will be based at the NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md.

Dorman praised Morris for having “an impressive and proven record of leadership accomplishments in a broad range of skillsets. He brings an in-depth knowledge of nuclear energy programs to his new management role. His experience as an engineer and an administrator will help guide our future work.”

Raymond Lorson joined the NRC in 1991 as a regional reactor engineer. Most recently, he has been the deputy administrator for Region I. Lorson’s previous positions include resident inspector at the Peach Bottom and Salem nuclear power plants and senior resident inspector at the Seabrook and Salem nuclear plants. Also a navy veteran, Lorson has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In his new role, Lorson will remain at the Region I office in King of Prussia, Pa.

Dorman said of Lorson that he “has served admirably, strategically, and effectively, implementing complex programs while leading staff with a focus on the values that continue to guide our performance.”

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