Advisory committee formed to assist with search for UA president

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A 23-member advisory committee has been appointed to assist in the search process for the next president of The University of Alabama, UA System Chancellor Robert Witt announced Friday.

“After consulting with president pro tempore Paul Bryant, Jr., we have developed an outstanding list of individuals who have agreed to serve on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee,” Witt said in a press release. “Representing faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as members of the Board of Trustees, they will play a vital role in helping select the 40th president of the university. We greatly appreciate their willingness to serve.”

Prior to being named chancellor of the UA System last month, Witt served as president of The University of Alabama for nine years. The advisory committee will be responsible for presenting recommendations to Witt about who should replace him as UA president.

Witt will serve on the committee and participate in committee meetings, the press release said.

UA Provost Judy Bonner is currently serving as interim president until a permanent replacement is named.

The committee includes six members of the UA System Board of Trustees, nine UA administrators, five business leaders and alumni, two professors and one student. Trustee Karen Brooks of Tuscaloosa will serve as the committee chair. A complete list of committee members is listed below:


Trustee Karen Brooks (Chair)



Trustee Paul Bryant, Jr.



Trustee Finis St. John IV



Trustee Joseph Espy III



Trustee John McMahon, Jr.



Trustee John England, Jr.



Mr. John D. Johns

Chairman, President and CEO Protective Life Corporation



Mr. Harris Morrissette


China Doll Rice & Beans/Dixie Lily Foods



Mr. J. Marbury Rainer

Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP Atlanta, Ga.


Mrs. Marilyn Lee

Hamner Real Estate Inc.



Mr. André Taylor



Mr. Matt Calderone

SGA President

The University of Alabama



Dean Chuck Karr

College of Engineering

The University of Alabama



Dean Milla Boschung

College of Human Environmental Sciences

The University of Alabama



Mr. Chad Tindol

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The University of Alabama Law School



Dr. Jimmy Williams

Associate Dean

College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Alabama



Dr. David Heggem

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs Culverhouse College of Commerce & Busin Administration

The University of Alabama



Dr. Jacqueline Morgan Associate Dean/Director Honors Program

The University of Alabama



Professor Steve Miller

Chair-Elect, Faculty Senate The University of Alabama



Professor Melondie Carter

Capstone College of Nursing

The University of Alabama



Dr. Tim Hebson

Dean of Students

The University of Alabama



Dr. Kathy Wetzel

Assistant Dean

College of Education


Dr. Robert Witt


The University of Alabama System