Pictured left to right are Gerald Dial, Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Gibson Vance, Lamar Higgins, and John Harrison.
The Troy University Board of Trustees has elected C. Gibson Vance as the board’s President pro tempore and Lamar P. Higgins as Vice President pro tempore.
The new officers will succeed President pro tempore Gerald O. Dial and Vice President pro tempore John D. Harrison, who have both completed two four-year terms as officers. Both Dial and Harrison will remain members of the board.
“I want to thank both Sen. Gerald Dial and Mr. John Harrison for their years of service and the inspirational leadership they have provided to the board and Troy University,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “Gibson Vance and Lamar Higgins are both great Trojans and able leaders who care deeply about the future of Troy University. I’m grateful for their willingness to serve and look forward to working with them both.”
Vance is a 1987 TROY graduate who works as an attorney with the Beasley Allen Law Firm, specializing in personal injury and consumer fraud. He said he was honored and humbled to serve as President pro tempore of the Board of Trustees.
“My only goal as president is service, that’s all I care about,” Vance said. “I want to do the best for TROY, and that’s going to be my guiding principle. I will work each day to make TROY a better university.”
Vance has been a member of board since 2012. He and his wife, Kate, live in Montgomery.
Higgins is also a Troy University alumnus and former president of the Student Government Association. A member of the Board of Trustees since 1996, Higgins said it has been a great honor to serve his Alma Mater.
“To go from being elected to represent the student body of Troy State University, to now being elected by my peers on this board as Vice President pro tem, no greater honor could be bestowed on me,” Higgins said.
Higgins is a partner in the lobbying firm of Fine Geddie and Associates.
The elections came during a meeting of the board on Thursday, Aug. 1.