TROY—Gerald Dial, a long-time Alabama public servant, has been reappointed by Gov. Bob Riley to a 12-year term on the Troy University Board of Trustees.
Dial’s appointment was confirmed recently by the Alabama Senate. He was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 1991. He serves as a member of the executive committee and chairs the academic affairs and long-range planning committees.
“I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve this outstanding university,” Dial said. “It has been exciting to be part of a growing, dynamic institution and to play a role in its progress.”
Gov. Bob Riley, who serves as President of the Troy University Board of Trustees, said Dial’s 18-year record of service to TROY warranted his reappointment.
“Every successful university needs strong leadership and Gerald Dial is a proven leader,” Gov. Riley said. “Troy University has made great strides over the past two decades and Gerald Dial has played a major role in the evolution of the University.”
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, welcomed Dial’s reappointment.
“If you look at the major initiatives at TROY since 1991—from the development of our first doctoral degree to the internationalization of the University to the move to Division I athletics—Senator Dial has been a driving force behind each one,” Dr. Hawkins said. “He is a visionary leader who makes a tremendous difference in our University.”
Dial serves as the executive director of the Rural Alabama Action Commission, and represented District 13 in the Alabama Senate for 23 years. He also served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1974-82. He resides in Lineville, where he has been in the real estate business for more than 25 years. He is a former teacher and coach at Lineville High School. Sen. Dial was a member of the Alabama National Guard for more than 36 years. He served in numerous capacities and retired in 1997 from the position of Assistant Adjutant General. He and his wife, Faye, a retired teacher at Lineville High School, have two children, Melanie and Jason.