Dorothy Harrison joined Charleston Water System in 2001, and as CAO, is responsible for directing the functions of Human Resources, Customer Service, Auditing, Purchasing, and Public Relations.
Prior to joining Charleston Water, Ms. Harrison spent 26 years in the banking industry and was among the first African American Commercial Loan Officers and Vice Presidents in the state. She was also one of the first bankers in South Carolina to serve a dual role in the industry as a licensed broker and commercial banker. Ms. Harrison attended the University of South Carolina and George Mason University, and is a graduate of East Carolina School of Banking.
Ms. Harrison is active in community and professional organizations and serves in a number of leadership roles. She serves as the Co-Chair of CJI's Legends Festival. She is the Immediate Past President of the Charleston, SC Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the Founding and Immediate Past President of the Teachers’ Supply Closet.
In recognition of Ms. Harrison contributions in her professional and community involvements, she has received numerous awards. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Women Opening Doors Award in the Greater Columbia area, received the Key to the City of Columbia, and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Exceptional Service to the State of South Carolina.
She is currently active with the following organizations: Member Board of Directors, City of Charleston Local Development Authority; Treasurer, Low Country Aid to Africa; MOJA Arts Festival, Co-Chair, the Literary Corner and 4th grade readout; and Chair, YWCA Nominating Committee. Ms. Harrison is also a member of the American Waterworks Association, Water Environment Federation, and Society For Human Resource Management.
During her 16 years in Charleston, Ms. Harrison has also served as Board Chair for the Trident Urban League. She is a past executive board member of the Trident United Way, YWCA, and the American Cancer Society. She served on the Boards of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Charleston District of the United Methodist Church’s Wesley Foundation, The Coastal Community Foundation, MUSC’s Healthy South Carolina Initiative, and the College of Charleston Avery Research Center.