Governor Robert Bentley, President of the Board of Trustees
Governor Robert Bentley is founder of Alabama Dermatology Associates and managed the practice's growth into one of the largest dermatology practices in the Southeastern United States, employing 30 Alabamians in the process. As a small business owner, he understands that being a business owner is about more than simply providing services to clients; it is also about taking care of the employees who rely on you for their livelihoods, health insurance and retirement plans. In 2002, Bentley was elected to the Alabama State House Representatives from Tuscaloosa County with almost sixty-five percent (65%) of the vote. In the State House, he established a record fighting for fiscal conservatism, strong traditional family values, and limited government. In 2006, he ran unopposed for re-election to the State House. During his time in Montgomery, he has served on the Education Appropriations Committee, the Boards and Commissions Committee, the Agriculture and Forestry Committee and has been a member of the Tuscaloosa County Legislative Delegation. He also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee.
Mr. Odysseus M. Lanier, President Pro Tempore
Alumnus and Trustee Odysseus Lanier has led the board of trustees since October 2010. He is one of the four founding partners of McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP (MJLM) and leads the firm’s Federal Services Group, with primary responsibility for MJLM’s Engineering & Technical Services Division located in Huntsville, Ala., with over 90 employees. With over 180 full-time employees firm-wide, MJLM is the third largest African American-owned accounting and consulting firm in the United States, the largest African American-owned accounting and consulting firm in the southern and southwestern United States, and the 19th largest public accounting firm in Houston, Tex., as reported by the Houston Business Journal’s 2010 Book of Lists.
Lanier is a certified public accountant (CPA) and has amassed more than three decades of professional experience. In addition to working with federal, state and local agencies, Lanier lists among his numerous specialties the provision of assistance to colleges and universities, school districts, and municipalities by providing expert consultation in governance, strategic planning, business process improvement, procurement strategies, and financial management. He also leads MJLM’s business process outsourcing and co-sourcing initiatives, including large-scale administrative, financial, engineering and management support services contracts, as well as internal audit co-sourcing and outsourcing projects.
Mr. Lucien B. Blankenship
Lucien B. Blankenship is a senior partner with the law offices of Blankenship and Associates in Birmingham, Ala. He is franchise majority owner and managing partner of Sports Strategies, the parent company of the Birmingham Power women's pro-basketball team. He is also president of Blankenship Sports Management and Marketing.
Trustee Blankenship is a professor at Miles College Law School in Birmingham, Ala., and serves as City Attorney for the Alabama municipalities of Brighton, Colony and Lipscomb. He recently became a minority owner of Birmingham's new ABA professional men's basketball team. The 1989 graduate of Alabama A&M University served as Student Government Association president.
Mr. Norman D. Hill
Trustee Norman D. Hill is a native Mobilian who serves as vice president for Volkert and Associates, Inc. He began his career with Volkert in 2001 as a Land Acquisition Specialist. His responsibilities include marketing Volkert’s engineering and program/construction management services. Prior to beginning his career with Volkert, he was president and owner of Gulf Coast Safety Products. He later became Vice President for Small Business Development at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and was also the first director of the Mobile Housing Board’s Clinton Johnson Center for Economic Development.
Hill is a trustee for Prichard Preparatory Academy. He also is a member of the 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile, Exploreum Board, and former founding member of Gulf Federal Bank, Mobile Planning Commission and the MLK Redevelopment Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Mobile, a 1986 graduate of Leadership Mobile, and a 2007 graduate of Leadership Alabama. Hill played second base as a professional baseball player in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization.
Mr. John O. Hudson III
John O. Hudson III is an attorney who serves as vice president of public relations and charitable giving at Alabama Power Company. He also serves as president of the Alabama Power Foundation, one of the state's largest corporate philanthropic organizations, and executive director of the Alabama Business Charitable Trust. Prior to joining Alabama Power, Hudson served as Senior Vice President of corporate diversity and public affairs at Regions Financial Corporation (RFC). Before joining RFC, Hudson was engaged in the private practice of law, and he also served as president and chairman of The Hudson Group. He is licensed to practice law in all Alabama state courts, as well as the United States District Courts of the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama.
Integrally involved in the community, Hudson serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several civic organizations. He also serves as a distinguished member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, the Newcomen Society of Alabama, Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, also known as the Boule’. Moreover, Hudson serves on the boards of Miles College, Miles College School of Law and the Jefferson State Community College Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alabama A&M University, is a cum laude graduate of Miles College School of Law, completed the Executive Accounting and Finance Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked toward an LL.M. in taxation at the University of Alabama School of Law. He and his wife, Nyya, a municipal court judge in Birmingham, have a 9-year-old daughter, Jordyn.
Mr. Chris Robinson
Trustee Robinson is a native of Huntsville, Alabama and holds a B.A. degree in mass media arts-public relations from Clark-Atlanta University, and an M.A. in management from Florida Institute of Technology.
Robinson's experience in human resources (HR), public relations, strategic planning, and leadership development spans over 20 years. He has managed multiple leadership programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He currently serves in a leadership role for the Department of Defense, in the areas of strategic planning integration and workforce development.
Trustee Robinson's community involvement is extensive. He serves on the boards of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, First Missionary Baptist Church official Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Huntsville Committee of 100. He has led and served on boards of The ARTS Council, Huntsville Hospital Development Council, Public Relations of North Alabama, and Girl Scouts of North Alabama.
His membership affiliations are with the Association for Strategic Planning, Society for Human Resource Management, Public Relations Council of North Alabama (PRCA), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and (The Boule') Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Trustee Robinson serves as Chairman of the Athletics Committee.
Mr. James Montgomery
James D. Montgomery, Sr. is President/CEO of Aliza’s Cookies, Inc. Montgomery served as Systems Analyst, Management Analyst, Interim Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, General Manager, Chief Organizational Development Consultant and interim Comptroller for the Department of Army prior to retiring in 1994. He served eight years on the Anniston City Council and has been appointed to several national and international boards.
Trustee Montgomery received his B.S. degree from Alabama A&M University and M.S. Degree from Jacksonville State University. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force’s prestigious Military Comptroller School (Montgomery, AL) and the Army’s graduate level Organizational Effectiveness Program (Ft. Ord, CA). He has attended Gestalt Institute located in Cleveland, OH. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Mr. Richard Reynolds
Richard Reynolds is the director and principal of Huntsville Achievement School in Huntsville, Ala. The private school is focused on helping students that have
learning differences such as autism, aspergers, dyslexia, etc., or students that do not fit into the “one size fits all education paradigm.” A graduate of Samford University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Alabama A&M University, Trustee Reynolds received the educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree in administration and leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. He has completed additional course work toward the doctorate degree at the University of Alabama. Reynolds has over 20 years in ministry and 12 years in the education sector, along with many years of volunteer and civic service. He grew up in Huntsville and has spent his vocational career in the north Alabama area. He is a member of many civic and professional organizations. He continues to do guest speaking and training as his schedule allows.
Mr. Andre Taylor
Andre’ Taylor earned a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1973. After graduation, he worked in radio and television around Alabama. Taylor joined the Alabama Gas Corporation in 1984 serving most recently as vice president of communications. In this capacity, he was the spokesperson for Alagasco and planned community affairs activities.
Taylor currently serves on the boards of The Lakeshore Foundation, The Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation, The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, and the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. At The University of Alabama, he is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Communication and Information Services, a member of the President’s Cabinet, a Board Member of the Capstone Foundation, and is past President of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association.
In 1989, he was awarded the University of Alabama School of Communications’ Most Outstanding Alumni Award in Advertising and Public Relations. A Vietnam veteran, Taylor was awarded the Purple Heart for outstanding service to the country. He was also a feature personality in the inaugural edition of “Who’s Who in Black Birmingham”. Currently, Taylor resides in Bessemer, Alabama. He and his wife Vivian have five children.
Dr. Jerome Williams
After graduating from Tuskegee University with a degree in animal science in 1968 and a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1969, Dr. Jerome B. Williams moved to Chicago and worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He moved to Birmingham in 1975 and established the Red Mountain Animal Clinic, where he continues to practice today.
He is a national news reporter for VNN, the Veterinary News Network, and holds a license to practice veterinary medicine in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Louisiana.
Ms. Velma Tribue
Trustee Tribue heads the Velma J. Tribue State Farm Insurance Agency. She is a graduate of both Alabama State University and The Ohio State University.
Tribue also serves on several boards such as the Dothan Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors, the Wiregrass United Way Board of Directors, and the Southeast Alabama Medical Center's Women's Advisory Council.