TROY – Business Council of Alabama president and chief executive officer Bill Canary will provide the keynote address at Troy University’s spring commencement.
Commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. About 450 students representing 18 states and 11 foreign countries will receive degrees during the ceremony, which is a ticketed event. Each graduate is given six tickets and more will be available on a first-come basis at the Sartain Hall ticket office the day of commencement. There is no charge for the tickets.
Mr. Canary is the third president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of Alabama after serving as president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in Washington, D.C., which represents more than 37,000 motor carriers before all branches of government throughout the nation.
Since taking the helm of the BCA, Canary has been named to the boards of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (ACJRC), the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), the Alabama Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), the Alabama Aerospace Industry Association (AAIA), and the Troy University - Center for International Business Economic Development (CIBED). He is a member of the 15th class of Leadership Alabama and serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100.
A former elected official, Canary has an extensive background in the public policy and governmental arenas. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed him to serve in the White House as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs. Following his time at the White House, Canary was named chief of staff for the Republican National Committee.
Canary is a graduate of the State University College of New York at Oneonta, New York, and holds a juris doctorate degree from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College in Long Island, New York. He resides in Montgomery with his wife Leura and their children, Will and Margaret.