Troy University Employee and Alumnus Elected to Dothan City Commission

Posted: Friday, 13 July 2007

DOTHAN – Voters in Dothan have elected a TROY employee to the City Commission. Keith Seagle, Dothan Campus director of Counseling and Career Services, will represent District 6 for the next four years.

“It is a humbling experience to think about all of the people who got out and worked and supported me,” Seagle reflected, “and now to think that I will be working for all of these good people in the district.”

Seagle beat out incumbent Phillip Tidwell with 1,013 votes to Tidwell’s 942 votes. During his term in office, Seagle plans to encourage his constituents to become more active in city government.

“My plan is to have our community more involved in moving Dothan forward,” Seagle said. “There are a lot of good people willing to sacrifice for a better future for our children, and we need them to feel involved and part of the process.”

Seagle threw his hat into the ring just 30 days before the election. Managing his own campaign, he had to quickly learn to write and place his own advertisements and to organize volunteers.

“The best part of campaigning was getting out and meeting people,” Seagle said. “The door-to-door part can be trying in 100 degree heat, but it was very encouraging and uplifting to meet the people one-on-one.”

Seagle is a graduate of Troy University, where he earned a master’s degree in counseling and psychology. The Troy University Alumni Association recognized Seagle as Dothan Campus Alumni of the Year in 2000. He also holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of South Alabama.

Seagle has been employed at the Dothan Campus for 10 years. During that time, he has been actively involved in the United Way, the Alzheimer’s Walk, the March of Dimes and a number of other community organizations. He currently serves as president of the Ed Burkhalter Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

“One of the things I’ve always appreciated about working for TROY is that the University encourages its employees to be active in the community,” Seagle said. “Now I am blessed to be able to take this TROY spirit of service to another level.”