Doug Mims has a message for all Troy University alumni – find a way to remain connected to the University.
“They’ll be glad they did,” said Mims, the new president of the University’s Alumni Association. “I have maintained a connection through helping to recruit accounting students and, as a former football player, I have continued my support of the athletics department. The biggest thing I have found about maintaining that connection is I have gotten far more out of it than I have given.”
Mims, a member of the 1987 NCAA Division II national championship football team, is a partner in charge of financial institution services for Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs in the firm’s Dothan office, a position he has held since 2000. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in accounting from TROY in 1990, and earned his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting in 2001.
Mims was honored as the TROY Department of Accounting and Finance’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 1995 and is an member of the Department’s Hall of Honor. In 2002, the Alumni Association honored Mims as an Alumnus of the Year. He is a Lifetime Member of the Troy University Alumni Association, and a member of the Troy University Accounting Advisory Council, the Trojan Warrior Advisory Council and the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame Board of Advisors.
Mims said he has goals for the Alumni Association in four major areas – support and representation of alumni chapters, membership growth, diversity and connecting with alumni through the use of social media.
“I want to make sure that local alumni chapters understand that we aren’t here to govern them but rather than we represent them and we will assist them in any way we can to ensure that they are successful,” Mims said.
Mims also said the Alumni Association will emphasize growth both in alumni base and numbers of alumni chapters, and that in doing so, diversity will be key.
“We are a very diverse University with alumni from throughout the world,” he said. “It is important that our chapters and board representation reflect that diversity.”
Mims views his term as president as an opportunity to give serve his alma mater.
“Serving as president of the Alumni Association is an opportunity for me to give back to a University that has done so much for me,” he said. “Hopefully we will be able to do some positive things over the next two years that will be beneficial for the alumni and Troy University as a whole.”
Mims has two sons, Doug Jr. and Matt, both of whom have attended TROY.
Ellis is a university relations coordinator and editor of the Troy University Magazine.