Mr. James Allen Main to Deliver Commencement Address at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 08 May 2008

MONTGOMERY – Mr. James Allen (Jim) Main, Director of Finance for the State of Alabama, will deliver the keynote address at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus spring commencement at 7 p.m. on May 20 in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the University’s Montgomery Campus.

Mr. Main currently serves as Director of Finance for the State of Alabama, and as such is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the state, as well as policy advisor to Governor Bob Riley. Recent significant initiatives led by Main include transitioning the government to SMART Governing, developing a State Financial Management Review program and modernizing the real estate management methods for state owned and leased buildings.

Prior to becoming finance director in 2004, Main served as Senior Counsel to Governor Riley and Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor to Governor Fob James. Main was in private law practice in Anniston (beginning in 1972) and Montgomery (beginning in 1989).

Main is a member of a number of professional organizations and he presently serves as a founding Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, is a past-President of the American Pharmacists Association, past-Chairman of the Dean’s Counsel for the Auburn School of Pharmacy and a past member of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. He has received numerous awards, including the Parke Davis Leadership Award; the Bowl of Hygeia (pronounced Hi-jé-a), the most widely recognized international symbol for the profession of pharmacy today; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Auburn University School of Pharmacy; and the President’s Award from the American Society of Pharmacy and Law.

Since moving to Montgomery in 1989, Main has continued to be active in the community. He served on the Board of Directors for both the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) Plan and the Alabama College Savings Plan. Main became a member of the Rotary Club while living in Anniston and continues his twenty-plus year’s involvement in Rotary through the Montgomery Rotary Club. He is actively involved in his local church and has served as Sunday school teacher, deacon and short-term missionary.