TROY – State Sen. Gerald Dial was elected President Pro-Tempore of the Troy University Board of Trustees during its regular meeting Friday, July 22.
The Lineville native replaces long-time President Pro-tempore Dr. Doug Hawkins, who retired from the post on Friday. Dr. Hawkins will remain on the Board of Trustees, and was honored by being named President Pro-Tempore Emeritus.
Dial has been a trustee of the University since 1991, and was reappointed to the board in 2009 by then-Gov. Bob Riley. Gov. Robert Bentley serves as President of the board.
"Senator Dial has been a driving force behind each of the University's major initiatives over the past two decades," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. "He is a visionary leader who makes a tremendous impact on our University."
Dial had been the trustees' Vice-President Pro-Tempore and chaired its Academic Affairs committee.
A former teacher and coach at Lineville High School, Sen. Dial has been involved in the real estate business, and served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1974-1982, before being elected to the state Senate. He was a member of the Alabama National Guard for more than 36 years, retiring in 1997 as Assistant Adjutant General. He currently represents Senate District 13, and previously was executive director of the Rural Alabama Action Commission.
State Banking Superintendent John Harrison was elected Vice-President Pro-Tempore of the board.