Morton graduated from Clemson in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in administrative management and started his career with Southern Bell that same year, having been recruited while he was still a student. He held assignments of increasing responsibility and in 2007 was named president of AT&T South Carolina and AT&T Tennessee. He was instrumental in leading adoption of policy changes that transformed the telecommunications industry from a monopoly to a highly competitive market.
Morton has a long history of contributing to Clemson through his personal giving and outside fundraising. He was directly responsible for securing more than $1 million in gifts and contributions to Clemson, including the donation for the AT&T auditorium at the CU-ICAR campus in Greenville.
Morton also serves on numerous advisory boards and commissions within the university, including the Board of Visitors.
Morton has served on the boards of numerous organizations outside of Clemson as well, including the United Way, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Nashville Symphony. Through all his endeavors, he never misses an opportunity to share the rich traditions of Clemson with others.
Morton is the patriarch of a true Clemson family: His wife, Cathy, graduated in 1979 and their children, Christopher and Katherine, graduated in 2006 and 2007, respectively.